My goal of running the Chicago Marathon was squashed this year because of an existing injury that flared up. Officially bowing out of the race and sharing the news with friends and family hurt on more levels than one.
I made it a point to remain active in my running group, a Team in Training (TNT) Flex Team, through social media, and leaned on my running buddy Aaron to keep my spirits high. It stung watching my teammates continue to train for a race I so desperately wanted to compete in, and at times I felt jealous. It’s then when I tapped into my team the most. I didn’t want to be that spiteful teammate taking her anger, frustration, and disappointment out on others. That’s not me.
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
Race day and came and went, and my teammates achieved great things. Some completed their first marathon. Others reached a new PR. Lots of money was raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Between the 321 Team in Training Chicago Marathon runners, $865,000 was raised for clinical research and patient support for those battling blood cancer. Those 321 runners are making a huge impact on the lives of blood cancer patients and I’m honored to be part of such an incredible organization.
Now that the Chicago Marathon has passed, I’ve got my eyes on a new race with TNT: the New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon. Held on April 30, 2017, I’ll be running 26.2 miles back in my home state. Better yet? My brother is participating in the half-marathon. It’ll be his longest race yet.
What’s most exciting for me is that I’ve been asked to be a Team Captain, a mentor essentially, for the TNT Flex New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon team! I’m excited at the opportunity to have a group of TNT runners, some new to the program and some seasoned (like me), to mentor and guide through training. I didn’t apply for the position, so it’s even more humbling.
I look forward to lacing up and returning the pavement. I haven’t run since August 13 and my plan is to have a “test” run the first week of November. Currently, I’m in zero pain and have focused a lot of my fitness on strength training, mainly barre3 classes. I’m noticing a difference (more definition), but miss my cardio (and carbs!). Additionally, watching my running shoes collect dust and dog dander is a sin.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for training, fundraising, and MENTORING (!!) updates. I’m so excited for the 2017 training season!