I met Alicia when I moved to the Mobile area in Jan '09. We became good friends and we shared a love for running. She talked me into going to an info meeting for Team in Training which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for marathons. I thought that would be a great way to increase my mileage and stay in shape while raising money for such a great cause. So, I went to the info meeting not really knowing if I could make such a huge commitment. After hearing all about it I knew I this was something I had to do. I signed up for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC. Through training with the Team, I met some amazing runners and people battling with blood cancers. These people with cancer and those in remission are absolutely amazing and an inspiration! Blood cancers are terrible and I was glad to play a little part in finding a cure. It was the best experience!!
I've been thinking a lot lately about how much I miss my running buddies and the Team. I would really like to get involved again soon. I should go out to some of their runs and visit everyone. Like I've said before, it's hard for me to get up early because I work night shift! I miss running with friends and I know it's going to be rough for me when I start doing my long runs for Disney. Sometimes it is nice to do runs alone though. You can zone out and enjoy the peace and quiet. I'm also excited about focusing on my pace for my upcoming marathon.
This is a picture of some of us on July 4, 2009 after a long run. I tried to be patriotic but I don't own a red top. Oh well, white and blue were close enough!
This is at about 5 am right before the Marine Corp Marathon '09. Woohoo, we were excited! GO TEAM!
And, here is Alicia. I owe so much to her for all the encouragement she has given me through this wonderful running experience! This picture was taken after the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, FL.
Do you have a running group you are involved with? Or do you prefer to run solo?