An amazing cause to run for

Saturday morning I got up at 7:30am to do something very different. Not sure whether I have mentioned this previously, but on 2012, a girl who graduated High School with my husband and I back in 2003 was diagnosed with Leukemia.

At first I definitely felt a sadness for her and her family, but this seemed to grow as the days  something more. a week or so ago, one of those little ads popped up on one of the websites I was visiting. It looked a little something like this



As soon as I saw this, I knew I absolutely needed to figure out how to be a part of this. And dedicate the training and actual run to my classmate. I clicked on the link to find more information and saw they were having info meetings but they were all while I was still at work in the evenings. I didn't let that stop me because they actually had a conference call in the evening one night which, even though I'd be at work, I could step away for a few minutes to listen and get questions answered. As luck would have it, I actually got a call before this point and spoke with someone this past Monday. I just knew I had to get involed. Needless to say, Thursday evening I signed up and was immediately so excited! I knew this was going to be a great experience.

Friday evening I recieved an email from my local area running team coach about the training run Saturday morning at HACC wildwood center which is about 15 minutes away. Oddly, when  I looked at the calendar for Saturday, the mileage listed was 1-1.5 miles. I as pretty stinkin bummed. SERIOUSLY! I run usually no less than 3 miles regardless so I figured that if this was the distance, I would stay after and run more on my own.

Much to my heart's happiness, when I arrived, the coach asked me a little about my running and informed me that the emailed training assumes someone who doesn't regularly run. When I told him that last weekend I ran 8 miles on Sunday he made a statement to the effect of "Yea, you are a runner... you look like a runner." Even though this is my running blog,I won't go all crazy about what this means to me- (will save this for another post) just know that it made my heart smile. So anyway, that being said he told me that most of the people joining the group Saturday were those training for the half marathon in March. The first portion of running would be 5 miles and that if I wanted, I could join  them for the other 4 miles. I laughed, but ended up running the whole 9 miles!!

I now know that my next step will be the Hershey half in the fall and then hopefully next spring I can do the half with Team In Training. I will be running for my classmate in this 10k and for all others following.

Why am I sharing this with you, you might ask? Well part of this committment is raising funds for research for treatments and an eventual CURE for Leukemia/Lymphoma. I am so excited to be part of this experience and would like to ask my followers (and theirs)to consider donating to this cause. Every little bit counts and even if you can only donate $5 or $10 please know that this would be hugely appreciated on my end and is going to such a wonderful organization. Please take a moment to donate at my page here and know that it is so appreciated- both for your support of my involvement and also for finding a cure for cancer.

If you would like to follow along more on my journey toward this event in April as well as day to day fitness- please add me on GFC and follow along.

I also invite you to visit her blog, My journey to beat leukemia, where she shares each day of her incredibly challenging journy to kick cancer's butt.

Thanks for listening and for your consideration in donating to this cause.

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