So…I’m turning 30 this March. I hear 30 is the new 20, so really, the new age bracket doesn’t phase me in the slightest. Besides you are only as old as you feel, and most days I still feel 17 years old, wondering who left me with their kids and all of these bills to pay. But anyway, I LOVE birthdays, and “30” is one worthy of a giant party.
First I thought I wanted to run a 50 miler for my birthday. But then the more I thought about it, with finishing up my internship this fall, these kids and a schedule that makes 26.2 training difficult… training for a 50 miler might be more stressful than celebratory at this point in my life.
I want to do something FUN.
In realizing how lucky I am that I am able to RUN for FUN to celebrate another healthy year on this planet…it occurred to me that I should turn this celebration around and make it about something much bigger than myself.
In the past 5 years since I’ve been running, I’ve heard so many amazing things about the efforts of Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’ve seen first hand the enthusiasm of the athletes and their team at races. I’ve heard encouraging stories from friends who have participated with TNT in the past. And I’ve seen incredibly touching stories of how participants lives are changed, not just from the running, or the fundraising, but from stepping out of their comfort zone to help make a difference in something even bigger than themselves. Further, I know WAY TOO many people who’s lives have been personally touched by cancer.
While I’ve been involved with other amazing charities (that I still support wholeheartedly) in the past, I’ve always thought about joining Team in Training. When my running-partner-in-crime Hope and I learned that this year, TNT would be heading to Disneyland for the Inaugural Tinkerbell half marathon, I knew this was our sign that it was time to join the Team.