Run a Marathon to benefit Team In Training? Maybe

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today, it has been exactly 32 years since I lost my mother to Hodgkin's Disease and Leukemia. She battled it for what seemed like almost all of my 13 years of life and I was her sidekick for many appointments--radiation/chemot
herapy/lab visits/doctor's visit/hospital stays...and, of course, the hours/days/weeks/months spent in bed at home too (great memories of her, my brother, and I all playing cards on what seemed then like her HUGE king-sized bed).

A few years ago, I started walking for exercise and that lead eventually to doing a 5k (using the Fleet Feet No Boundaries program). This lead eventually to the eight (going on 9) half-marathons that I've completed. A recent goal is to run in all 50 states before I turn 50 (I've done 22).

I'm 45 years old--the same age as my mother when she died after her battle with the big "C". After much contemplation, I believe I've reached a decision to do something this year that I've never done before--train for a full marathon. Yes, 26.2 miles. Yes, I'm crazy. So....if I'm going to put out that kind of training time commitment, I feel like I want to do something to honor my mother--I'll be joining Team In Training and raising money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society--they fund blood cancer research, education and patient services. I'll update you more later as I will need your financial support to reach my goal. If my Mom could go through all that she did--I can certainly do this.

A side benefit is that the marathon I will be participating in covers three of the remaining states that I need for my "bucket list" goal to run in all the states.

For now, please pray for those with cancer everywhere and, of course, their families who suffer too.
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    thanks Grandma1951! I hope so too!

    1724 days ago
  • GRANDMA1951
    You can do this. I did it several years ago in memory of my son. It's such a great accomplishment when you know you've finished something that many people can't. I'm sorry you lost your mom at such a young age but the money you raise will hopefully help fight this disease so other children don't loose their parents or parents loose their children.

    Good luck. Keep up posted on how your training is coming.
    1725 days ago
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