Mal and I did something crazy a few weeks ago. We’re not pregnant! (Sorry, Mom!) We signed up to run a marathon!
But, not just any old marathon– the 2010 Honolulu Marathon!! 😎
Remember my Life’s To Do list? Ever since posting it on my blog back in April, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of running a marathon. I just can’t get the idea out of my head, and I’m not getting any younger, so it’s now or never!
This time last year, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to run a marathon because of my hip, but learning about my injury and what I need to do to stay healthy, I’m confident that I can complete 26.2 miles. I’ve walked three marathons, so now my goal is to RUN one.
So, why now? Why fly halfway across the world to run a marathon?
Well, my original plan was to run the Boston Marathon next year through one of the charity programs. But, the more I thought about training for my first marathon in the dead of winter in Boston, the less appealing it became to me. So, I started to look for marathons that took place in the late fall or early winter. That way, I could train outside before it gets too bitterly cold in Boston.
My two biggest concerns for running a marathon are preventing injuries and losing motivation. I’ve heard wonderful things about Team in Training (TNT), so when I found out that they are sending a team to Hawaii to run a marathon, I knew it was the one for me. A few days later, I called TNT and registered for the Honolulu Marathon.
It gets even better! 😉
I told my husband about my plan to run the Honolulu Marathon and asked him if he had any interest in joining my 26.2-mile endeavor. I never thought in a million years he’d actually say ‘yes,’ but Mal knows how much this goal means to me, so he signed up to run the marathon too!! (I still can’t believe it!) Running a marathon in Hawaii with my husband is a dream come true!
I’m training to participate in the Honolulu Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. I’m raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, and myeloma from taking more lives. I’m also completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes and I need your support to cross the ultimate finish line– a cure!
As I type up this post, I feel a mix of emotions. I’ve dreamed of running a marathon for as long as I can remember and I’ve literally cried watching the runners finish the Boston Marathon year after year. I never thought I’d be able to do it, but now I am mentally and physically strong enough to do so. I know that I am training for the right reasons and it’s icing on the cake to raise money for such an amazing organization and their research efforts.
So, this is where I need your help.
Unfortunately, many of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. When I think of the daily struggles that these people go through, it makes training for a marathon seem like nothing and raising money for the LLS that much more important. If you regularly enjoy reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake, please consider making a donation to my Team in Training page. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. When I say that every dollar counts, I’m not just being cliche. Every single donation that you can give, makes a difference to finding a cure for cancer. Please DONATE HERE!
And, of course, I’ll be documenting my experience on Carrots ‘N’ Cake all along the way, so be sure to stay tuned. My training with TNT officially starts a week from Saturday! I’m excited! Wish me luck!