|Amy & me at a |
1/2 marathon in 2003.
Those numbers are amazing to me. I ran my first marathon back in June 2000 with the Leukemia Society's Team in Training. Without that group, I would never have attempted to run a marathon. I was an occasional 5k runner, at best. My friend, Amy, said that we should try a 10k one weekend and I honestly thought I was going to die before I finished that race. I told her that I would "never run that far again in my life." Less than a year later, with my friends, Amy & Shelley, we ran the Governor's Cup marathon in Montana. They were the ones who had signed up to go to a Team in Training informational meeting and I went along with them- thinking that they were crazy. They had originally had the idea of attempting a 1/2 marathon in mind, but by the end of the night, we had all signed our names on the26.2 mile dotted line.
It was an amazing experience and I loved every minute of it. I have gone on to complete 5 marathons (6 by this December and 7 by next May.) I can honestly attribute my triathlon success and drive to complete an Ironman to the day that I signed up for that full marathon. Because on that day, I made a decision to reach for a bigger dream and I took a chance on myself, that I could accomplish what I thought was impossible. I changed my own life that day, as it has shaped who I am in many ways. And, I was able to help a very deserving organization in the process. I don't train with TNT anymore, but I am so excited to cheer every one those athletes wearing a purple jersey on in any race that I'm in and still support them through my friends that do.
Anyone else a former TNT'er or other fundraising charity team?
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