Saturday, May 22, 2010

Team In Training

I won't lie. I joined Team In Training for selfish reasons. My registration was denied by the Nike Women's Marathon lottery and TnT (Team In Training) was recommended as an alternative. Since I procrastinated and didn't register for the San Diego Rock & Roll Half Marathon on time I was desperate. My heart was set on running that half marathon but I snoozed, therefore, I lost. So I signed up with Team In Training even though I preferred training solo. I never trained with a team but I possessed this preconceived notion that I ran better by myself. But I received the first email from TnT and was discouraged to learn that I had to raise $2,900.  I gave up. There was no way I was going to raise that amount because everyone I know is sick of me & my countless fundraisers. I ignored the emails I received from TnT and never answered the phone calls whose numbers I didn't recognize. 

I continued to receive emails and decided to respond. I wrote of my decision not to join TnT and received an inquiry. "Do you mind if I ask why?" I gave what I thought were solid decisions: training locations were too far, raising an exorbitant amount of money was futile, and not enough time to focus on fundraising. In response, I was given a list of training locations right in Cerritos! Also, I wasn't going to be alone in my fundraising efforts, my team was going to help me. I registered on the spot. 

This morning, I had my first training session with Team In Training and I do not regret my decision to join. What a huge difference it makes to have coaches, mentors, and campaign managers motivate and encourage you. I learned so much in the 2 hours we spent: proper running gear, correct posture in running/walking, and the importance of stretching before AND after your run. But the most impacting was the introduction of our honorary teammate. 

Meet Blanca and Celeste 

In 2008, Blanca trained with Team In Training to run a marathon. Unbeknownst to her, her daughter Celeste was going to be diagnosed with Leukemia two months later. Celeste is on her way to a full recovery but Blanca informed us it couldn't be done without the money raised every year for Leukemia research. Hearing their story gave me the motivation I needed not only to raise money for Lymphoma and Leukemia but to train with an amazing group of like-minded people--crazy people waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to run and run and run. It was the challenge and push I needed to take the focus off of ME and go from selfish to selfless. 

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