This week I am taking on two new challenges that I never thought I ever would: I am going to run a half marathon in June and I’m going to raise $3,800 to get there.
Yeah, I’m crazy, I know.
I’m running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon June 1 in San Diego as part of the Team in Training, a nationwide fundraising program of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As of this week I am training for the half marathon and I am committed to raising $3,800, of which 75 percent will go right back into the Society’s mission of finding a cure for blood cancers.
Why am I doing this? Several reasons. Over the last year I have been working to improve my health by exercising more and eating better, thus losing weight. Since last March I have lost 38 pounds. I did this a few years ago but then I gained back most of the weight I lost.
Over the years as I’ve exercised, I’ve gained a bit of an affinity for jogging. I’m not really sure where it came from. Could be just as I got to be a better exerciser, walking was boring, so why not run? Whatever the reason I have become a bit of a runner in recent months.
I started my quest to lose weight for my wedding last year. Of course the overall goal was to continue past my wedding. And I have done that, but sometimes motivation is lacking. I met my first goal a few weeks ago and I had a second one in mind for March, but I have been thinking about my goals beyond that.
Well then I got a pamphlet in the mail about Team in Training. I actually heard about the program about four years ago when I was still in Carbondale. It was during the last time I was in decent shape and losing weight. I decided not to participate at that time because I didn’t know if I could really participate in a marathon, but I was more nervous about raising money.
Well, since that time, my interest in TNT has continued. I would occasionally get mailings or check the web site, but it never seemed to be the right time.
But this time it is. Lately I’ve really been breaking through in my fitness level and ability to exercise more and as I said I’ve been looking for new goals. After I got the pamphlet, I thought “surely I’m not fit enough to do this… maybe I should run a few 5Ks first.”
But then I talked to my husband, Doug, about it, and he really encouraged me. And then later that day I went to work out and had just a really energizing workout and I decided yes, I could take on this challenge.
So now we’re here. As a part of the team in training, I am training for an honored teammate, someone who is dealing with cancer. My honored teammate is Jessie Lindemann, a local woman in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Although she is in remission, she will have to deal with the effects of the illness and the treatment for her whole life. It is for her and others like her that we do what we do.
I do not personally know anyone affected by cancer. But cancer affects everyone, and I’d be kidding myself if I said I don’t think anyone I love will ever get cancer. So I figure, why not train to run 13.1 miles and raise money for an organization I or someone I love may need services of some day?
Won’t you please help me accomplish my goal? You can donate to the society at my personal donation web page: www.active.com/donate/tntwi/JDurso, or you can mail a donation directly to me. Just contact me and I will let you know what to do.
And come back to this blog as I write about my experience of training to run farther than I ever thought possible. Who knows, maybe this will come easily and I’ll jump right from the half marathon into the full! Come along with me on my journey to find out what I’m made of.