Fitness Friday: BIG NEWS

I know that I said here that 2012 is the year of the 5k

I am back to say that I have changed my tune.

I really sat one night and thought about it. Sometimes as a stay at home mom it is easy to lose yourself in the caretaker roll, so much that you forget to take care of yourself. I have definitely found myself in that situation. Then I add in all the events that are happening this spring and summer. All of which I can’t wait to attend, but it also helps me lose more of that precious “ME” time.

So what is one thing that I can do for me, continue my journey to being healthier and fit, but also something that I can fit in my busy schedule.

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Yup, that’s right, I signed up for a Team in Training event.

Which event you ask?

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The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco in October.

I am sure you have a few questions, or I will just pretend that you do.

1. Why Team in Training?

I knew that I don’t have the ability to train for such a distance for the first time on my own. I also did a ton of research when picking an organization, and talked to past participants. No one had anything negative to say about their experience.

With TNT you get a few coaches for different parts of the experience (running & fundraising), you have a personalized training plan, and you are able to participate in clinics on hydration, nutrition, gear, just to name a few. You also get to work with a team. Many of these things I would not have had on my own, especially with things like nutrition & hydration, I am sure it would have been trial and error.

TNT is also a great cause, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While I personally do not have a story attached to this cause, it is still an important one to raise money for.

2. Why the Nike Women’s Half?

In October 2010 Nick & I travelled to San Francisco for a long weekend with my Dad, for a mini vacation.

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While we were there I saw the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half. I thought to myself, I didn’t even tell Nick or my dad, someday I want to run this race. Someday I want to be ABLE to run this.

Fast forward two years. I was flirting with using TNT for the Run To Remember 5 miler in Boston. It turns out the weekend of the race I wouldn’t be able to run since I was committed to another 5k. Instead of walking away I kept looking at other races that the MA teams were running, I kept going back to the Nike Half. And there was a half that was MUCH closer than Nike, but I couldn’t sign up for that one. SO after much discussing between Nick and I, I signed up for the Nike Women’s Half, and I have no regrets.

Training starts Sunday

Kickoff is Tuesday – any other locals going?

First team training is Sunday the 20th.

I am petrified and excited all at the same time.

If you made it this far, thank you!

If you’d like to donate to a wonderful cause, you can donate here.

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3 thoughts on “Fitness Friday: BIG NEWS

  1. I'm so excited for you!! My sister ran that race a few years back and it was really well done. Training with TNT is fantastic too. Not only are you supporting a great cause but the coaching and support you get from the group is amazing. Have fun!!

  2. Kelly, I am so excited for you! I have done 3 TNT events and I worked for TNT. I even staffed the Nike Women's Marathon and Half Marathon. I can tell you that it is a phenomenal race and organization. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is near and dear to my heart because my uncle has CML a chronic form of leukemia that does not have a cure. He is currently taking a drug that keeps the leukemia at bay. The research for this particular drug was funded in large part by the money raised by Team In Training. So when you're out doing your training runs or when you're thinking about skipping a run, please think about my uncle and all of the other men, women and children battling blood cancers. You are making a huge difference to them. I am so grateful for you and for others like you that continue to participate in TNT events. Thank you, Kelly.

  3. Lisa – Thank you for sharing your story! I will definitely be thinking of everyone, including your uncle. Every little bit is important, thank you for the reminder.

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