Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Tonight was the kick off party for the Spring Team in Training. It was slightly dorky or also inspirational and fun. The best part was listening to the comments from the honored teammates - if these people can beat cancer, then I can drag my body 26.2. I want to start training right this second.

I also got my first piece of Team In Training swag tonight. I got my TNT training shirt because I'd set up my fund raising website and written my solicitation letter. There's no way I'm going to send out letters, but I did write one. The shirt is actually nice - a Nike CoolMax shirt. Good swag is a beautiful thing.

It was awesome to see all those people ready to go - runners, marathon walkers, triathletes, century riders. Endurance athletes one and all. Go Team!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

And Then You Know You're Blessed

I received my first donation from my friend Carla. Whee!

There's nothing like the support of your friends. You say, "Hey, I'm going to get off this couch and do a marathon." And they say, "You can do it! Here's a check to show I believe in what you're doing."

It's not just financial support that matters. It's everyone who's said, "Of course you can do that!" It's wonderful. It really is.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Getting to Know Team in Training

I'd always wanted to do a marathon with Team in Training. My friend Becca did it a few years ago but it was just never the right time for me. TNT trains people for endurance events - marathons, century rides, triathlons. In return each participant agrees to raise a specific amount of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS uses that money to fund research to cure blood cancers. It's a win/win.

I was always too busy, too lazy, too frightened of the fundraising commitment, too something. Two things happened last year that made me reconsider. We lost my uncle to myeloma and I moved across country. Suddenly I wasn't too busy or too lazy to raise a bit of money for when a blood cancer hit close to home. I went to the introduction session and decided the timing was just right.

One thing that I always wanted to know was how much I needed to fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to participate. In fact, I hunted through tons of TNT blogs to try and figure it out before I went to the session. It's like a state secret or something.

Here's the deal - the LLS takes the cost of each participant then multiplies it by 4. That guarantees that the agency has 75% of all money donated going directly to the agency's mission. The cost per participant are: entry fees, materials, travel, jerseys, etc. So if you go to race in Ireland, it's more expensive than if you go to a race in your hometown. I'm doing a local race and it's a 1700 buck commitment.

Not too bad. I can raise 1700 bucks. I signed the form.

On June 3rd, I'll be dragging myself 26.2 miles in San Diego's Rock N Roll Marathon.

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 Races

Rock N Roll Marathon
San Diego - June 3

Iron Girl 10K
Solana Beach - July 28

Nike Women's Half Marathon
San Francisco - October 21

Dublin Marathon
Dublin, Ireland - October 29

Silver Strand Half Marathon
Coronado Island - November 11

Walk on the Wild Side 5K
San Diego -November 17

Run for the Hungry 10K
San Diego - November 22

Rose Bowl Half Marathon
Pasadena - December 8, 2007