A part of me does not want to write this post. I can’t believe it’s over. I still can’t believe I did it! The training, the early Saturday mornings, the sweaty humid runs in summer, the fundraising. It’s finished, goal accomplished. I like to wear that Tiffany necklace I got at the finish line to remind me what I am capable of…which is so much more than I thought!
It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I got out of my comfort zone and did something I wasn’t sure I could. I never want to forget how amazing it felt to watch the miles climb. The first day I ran 8 miles! The first day I ran 10. I swear I was on a high all day long.
Some random things I learned along the way: you will chafe. Sometimes, you don’t know you chafed until you get in the shower and it hurts. Running shorts come with built-in underwear. Great for summer! How did I not know this before? Running clothes are comfortable and soft! My son just asked me the other night if my Nike long sleeve shirt (that I bought at the marathon!) was my pajamas since it was so soft and he was cuddling next to it. Now, if they weren’t so darn expensive. I’m a low maintenance kind of girl….but now that I’ve invested in a few nicer items for running, I find myself with running clothes laying out to dry all over my laundry room….which rarely happens with my regular clothes! The running community is great! There are a ton of fun races locally. (Not like Disney fun, check out runswithpugs.com to see some fun ones she’s close to!)
I had the best mentor and the best coach anyone could ask for. They were with me every Saturday morning increasing my miles. They emailed me and answered all my questions. They supported me and helped and I’m forever grateful for my new friends. (I really need a picture of Rachel!)
It was amazing to be a part of some so big. To help impact people’s lives by funding research and patient care. To see people all across the nation coming together to support a cause and focus on others.
I’ve said it before, but I started it to do something to support my family. My cousin’s had lost their mother, BJ 9 years ago. And now my cousin Carmen’s son, Connor age 4, has the same Leukemia. He’s currently is remission, but still has another year and a half of treatment. (halfway there). Carmen is a single mom in the Navy, across the country from her family. It felt good to be able to do something.
But honestly….I feel a little guilty. I started out doing this for them, but I got more out of it than I ever thought possible. I don’t ever want to forget.
If you are interested in your own Team In Training experience…you can sign up at teamintraining.org
Up next….what’s the plan now? Will I still run?
Have you ever trained for a charity? Did you start running for a reason and keep going?