In our house, I’ve always been the runner. Well, maybe not always since the beginning of time but for the last six or so years I’ve been the one to bundle up, sneak out of the house early, and let my lungs do some stretching.
These days, there’s a new runner in the house. My sweet husband.
Jonathan isn’t completely new to running. A few years ago he trained with me for a half marathon. Despite training less than I did, he finished much faster and with greater ease. But, I digress…
Despite my dabbling with half-marathons over the years, I never, EVER and I mean NEVER wanted to run a marathon. And neither did Jonathan. I was happy pushing myself to 13.1 and stopping before my knees gave out. But last spring, as Jonathan was finishing up treatment, I started thinking about how wonderful it would be to run a marathon with him while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s fundraising arm is called Team in Training. TEAM has trained more than half a million runners, walkers, and triathletes and raised over 1.3 billion for life saving cancer research therapies. In fact, over the years we’ve happily supported a few friends as they raised money for TEAM. Little did we know those dollars would someday go back to help us in a way we never imagined necessary.
People, the drugs Jonathan needed last year were funded by the half million athletes Team in Training has coached over the years.
My strong, survivor husband wants to give back to the organization who helped him so much. This spring he’s a Sacramento Team in Training Honoree (a title bestowed on all survivors) and is preparing for the San Luis Obispo Marathon in April. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see him run further and faster each week. Last year at this time he was sick and very weak. This year he’s able to push his body to new limits, but on his own terms NOT cancer’s terms.
I will also note: it’s very fun to watch HIM bundle up for cold running weather while I nestle further into our flannel sheets and grow a baby. Did I get pregnant just so I didn’t have to run 26.2 miles? It’s possible… but again, I digress…
If you’d like to help us raise money for someone battling a blood cancer would you please do so by clicking this link? Even $10 will help him raise his fundraising goal and since I can’t run with him I’m taking this fundraising thing VERY seriously. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for believing in the need for cancer treatment research. I can’t wait for April so I can post pictures of his big race.
I promise I’ll be the girl at the finish line weeping and holding a big, cheesy sign.