When I was training with Team in Training, Anna (my inspiration for running) kept talking about how she wanted to do a TNT event when she was finally done her maintenance chemo treatments. We are talking about a woman who, before she was even in remission, had signed up to do a half marathon so she could run with the people honouring her so planning a couple of years out wasn't a big deal. We all knew she was going to get better.
Well, better is here. Anna has been in remission for a year and a half and, in April, she finally finished her maintenance chemo. All of us were just waiting with baited breath to see what TNT event she would choose. Can you guess?
Yep - Goofy. She wants to do the Goofy Challenge in Orlando next January 12-13. A Half Marathon on the Saturday and a Full on the Sunday. Some people also add on a 5k on the Friday. The Goofy Challenge is offered through Team in Training, but only to Alumni through their Flex program. Anna is putting together a little team to celebrate her success...
Now, guess who's going to do it with her?
Right now I'm not even 100% sure I can physically do it, but Anna believed in me long before I believed in myself so I'm sure I can do it for her :) I'll be blogging the journey as I go, of course, since I know you definitely won't want to miss a step of the way!
Of course, Team in Training has even more significance for me nowadays. It is through TNT that I became so close with J (who lost her father to Lymphoma in 2008) and JS (who lost her mother to Leukemia in 2010). I bonded with Kim, who lost her grandmother to it. I met Mary, who signed up to WALK Nike Half once she was in remission from Lymphoma - only to find the inspiration in our team to RUN it!
As horrible as blood cancers are - there is so much good that comes from programs like Team in Training. I am proud to be returning as Alumni. If it is even a fraction as great as my first experience, this is sure to be an incredible journey!
Plus - it'll mean 3 medals..and we all know what a medal whore I am! I can hardly wait for June to get here so I can officially sign up and get started with my training and fundraising! I hope you'll follow along as I take this next step in my running life!