Playing My Small Part to End Blood Cancer

27 Feb

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Back to running regularly this month for the first time since the Army 10-miler back in late October.  I like to do a charity race each year, particularly through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) program  which trains beginner to advanced athletes for endurance events like running races, bike races, and triathlons in exchange for raising funds for the fight against blood cancers.  To date, this is my 5th season with TNT.  I have started training for the Inaugural DC Nike Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in late April and have been simultaneously involved with a number of efforts to fundraise (Here is my page.  I’d love your support! http://pages.teamintraining.org/nca/nikewhlf13/cbeanx) such as an indoor cycling class at Revolve, a % of sales day at my favorite local smoothie and wrap spot South Block, a volunteer day at my local IHOP for National Pancake Day, and ad hoc awareness raising via email and social media.  I’ve got about $500 more to raise (my page does not reflect all monies raised presently), but I’m confident I’ll get there! 

I really enjoy TNT for the cause, camaraderie, and ability to combine two passions- community service and a workout challenge.  Running is perhaps the toughest workout for me.  I don’t get that runners’ high thing and it just doesn’t come easy for me.  But man oh man when I finish do I ever feel accomplished.  In the month ahead, I will be climbing from 4 all the way to a 10 mile run in my training plan.  Thank goodness I just bought these super sexy new running shoes and fun new gear!  Also, I have made some new TNT friends who will be here for me and I for them on these long runs where you can really use a little extra encouragement to get it done.  Wish me luck!

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