17 February 2012
Dear Adoring Fans,
Many of you may remember that it was just about this time in 2005 when you got a letter from me saying that I was training to run my first marathon and raising money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through their Team In Training (TNT) program. Since 2005 I have run five marathons and two half marathons, cycled two century rides, and finished two triathlon with TNT. More importantly, through your generous contributions we have raised nearly $20,000 to support the fight against blood cancers, a truly incredible amount. I am humbled by your continued generosity to this important cause.
I have had a great time doing triathlons for the past two years, but I have to be honest: the marathon has been calling me back. I’ve missed training with the marathon team and, strange as it may sound, have missed running long distances. So, on June 3, 2012, I and the other members of my Team In Training will head to southern California to run in the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Another really fun twist is that some of my family members might be coming to San Diego to either run the half marathon or cheer from the sidelines. I’ll share more about that in my next post.
Our team here in Tucson officially started training at the end of January, and it has been an adjustment getting back into running longer distances. So far the most I’ve run has been a bit over 7 miles, and let me tell you: I am feeling like a wimp. When I got back to the meeting area after last Saturday’s run one of my coaches looked at me and says, “Gosh, you’re breathing kind of hard there, Jennie!” After about three weeks of regular training I think my body is beginning to remember how this works, though. At least, I hope it is. Another thing that was a lovely surprise is that my friend Scott is also running the marathon (remember Scott? My running partner for the Nike Women’s Marathon in 2007 and 2008?) Having someone to run with makes all the difference in the world to me. We yack at each other and the next thing you know, ten miles have flashed by. Well, maybe it isn’t quite that easy, but it definitely helps.
I can train for the marathon, but I need your help to meet my fundraising goal: to raise $3000 by April 30, 2012 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its battle against blood cancers. (Of course, I am happy to accept your donations after this date, as well).
How can you help? Make a secure online donation here.
On June 2, 2008, my Uncle Kenny passed away after a long, painful battle with graft versus host disease that he struggled with as a result of a bone marrow transplant he received the previous fall in an effort to treat his leukemia. This June will mark the 4th anniversary of his passing and will make the race that more special. I also train in honor of my friend Jan Riggs, who has been kicking multiple myeloma to the curb since 2007, and in memory of my childhood friend Robb Milacci, whose life was ended far too soon by a brain tumor in February 2009.
I will be documenting my season here on this blog, so please check back frequently to read more about what I am doing and follow my training. This is truly a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without your support. And if you are unable to make a financial contribution, your moral support is just as welcome!
Cancer has, in some way, touched the lives of nearly everyone I know. I’m running this marathon in honor of Jan and in loving memory of my uncle my friend Robb and the long list of others in whose names you have given me. Please let me know if you have a special person on whose behalf you are donating and I will gladly add them to my list of honorees. And feel VERY free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in making a contribution.
Thank you for your support!