“In 2008 I received a random brochure in the mail one day from an organization named Team In Training. TNT is a sports training program that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Basically, they will train you for a marathon, half marathon, or triathlon and all you have to do is raise a certain amount of money for charity. I had no clue how they got my name and address, but I was intrigued. I researched TNT and they seemed like a great organization. So, without hesitation I signed up in October of 2008 for the Disney World marathon held in January of 2009. I figured if I was going to run something, I might as well go big and choose the marathon.
When I began training I couldn’t even run a mile. When I finished training I was running 10 miles at a time! Unfortunately, I never made it to the Disney marathon. In November ’08 I hurt my iliotibial band in the my left leg. This is a common runner’s injury, and in my case was caused by not enough cross training. Alright, so what’s the point of this story? The point is that I have never forgotten about Team In Training. In 2008 I raised over $2,000 for TNT and I am ready to tackle this challenge again.”
Alright, so here I am in April thinking about re-joining the TEAM next month and I’ve hit a bump in the road. I have some concerns about committing to train for a marathon (or half marathon) and raising a few thousand dollars as a newly married lady. My new life has just sorta gotten back to normal and I am worried that this adds too much to my plate. In addition to being a new wife, I’m also a full-time Criminal Justice student (online classes), work full-time, edit/film weddings part-time, am trying to develop Serenity Self Defense…not to mention that my heart is sold out for Jesus and I am desperately trying to strengthen my walk with Him. I also have the strongest desire to volunteer at a nursing home sometime soon.
Now, while it may already sound like my plate is loaded, I really believe that with a
little lot of time management I could join TNT with no problem. I would love to begin running with a TEAM again, and supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society just feels right. Numerous family members have had cancer, with the most recent being my Pe-Paw. What do you guys think?? I would either be running in the Disney Wine and Dine Half marathon, or Nike’s San Fransisco Half/Full Marathon. (Both are in October) Would it be irresponsible to commit to this? Or should I just do it?