Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Workout Wednesday: A Goofy Suggestion

Some of you have been wondering what is next for me, now that Vancouver is done.  Of course, I have the k-100 at the end of June, but beyond that - I have nothing.   Well - not nothing.  I actually have something HUGE that has been percolating for several months now.

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?

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2012 is the year of opportunities for me and this is one of those opportunities I cannot see myself passing up merely because it will be tough. Fighting cancer is certainly a great deal tougher than running a marathon and a half marathon in a single weekend! I started running to honour Anna and I would like to continue honouring her through all of the struggles that came with her cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments.  She is a strong woman who took on cancer and won!  I want to be there to celebrate 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!

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This year I have even more inspiration to run it...because in the last year, I have lost two friends to cancer - Debra passed away the last week in December and Terri passed away the first week in January.  Both were strong, vibrant and, above all else, too young to be taken.   Now more than ever - I just want to end cancers...ANY cancers.  ALL cancers.  I want them gone!  I will be running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because I truly believe that they make a real difference and because I knew that the incredible work they do not only benefits blood cancers but can be applied to other cancers as well!

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!

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  1. That's so exciting! I know you can totally do this! :D

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  2. The perfect cause (TNT), with the perfect person (Anna) and the perfect race for you (3 medals! ~ medal whore). You can totally do this. I trained for it last year with friends who went but couldn't afford to go. You don't run it at all-out "race pace." You have two days of running so you run just fast enough to finish before they close the course. Have fun and take lots of pictures.

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    1. That's pretty much my M.O. for any race...if I don't have pictures, it might not have actually happened ;)

      I'm very excited!

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  3. What an amazing time your going to have-baby and i will cheering you from home :)

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  4. I can't wait, we will have a blast!!

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    1. It's going to be the experience of a lifetime!

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  5. That is AWESOME! Can't wait to follow your training for this!

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    1. I'm still amazed they didn't ask us in that blogger panel about what was in store for after Vancouver! I doubt I could have kept it under wraps this long if they had! :)

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  6. So exciting! You can do it Cori, you can, you can, you can! And I can too, right? Eek. Anyhow, it is such a wonderful reason to run and you're right, so many people face so much more difficult and challenging things. And c'mon, sign up for the 5k too...one more medal! I will if you will!

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  7. That is so awesome!!! I LOVE to run for causes!! And people!!!

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  8. as always I am proud to call you friend ~ Anna

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  9. My husband and I ran the Goofy this year - it is an amazing experience, and Disney knows how to put on a race!! I've never run an event that large before, but it was well organized, and so much fun.

    My first race was for Joints in Motion - running for a cause is inspirational - have fun!

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