Running, like in long-distance-marathon running, has never been part of our family exercise culture. Skiing, tennis, biking, kayaking, swimming, gym exercise equipment, yoga, and pilates are more likely choices for this averagely active group. (Lest I mis-lead or mis-represent, the youngest of three, Becca, does regularly run 3 or so miles, but not yet marathon grade.)
So when our middle child, Dana, an avowed non-runner, proclaimed she was going to run a half-marathon this fall, I was more than a bit surprised. Here, in her words, is what she is doing and why, and how you can be part of her footwork and her fundraising!
Having passed my qualifying exams for graduate school this May, I am craving a new and less abstract challenge–one where I can feel a part of something bigger than myself, bigger than a dissertation (blasphemy?), perhaps. So this summer I am training to run the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon in October as a part of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.
For those who know me well, I am no athlete, much less someone who cares for running. So working with a team has been and will be crucial for helping me reach my own goals as well as helping me to work towards funding and finding treatments for blood cancer (as well as getting my bio-sociality on ; ) ). I am running this race in honor and memory of my grandfather, Sam Greenfield who struggled with and finally succumbed to lymphoma.
I am committed to raise $1800 by July 13, 2013. So, if you would like to team up with me to help run 13.1 miles, please make your (100% tax deductible) donation by then. All forms of support, big and small, are greatly welcome!
Visit my fundraising page here:
Now, in the words of my dear coach Al: “Now go do the damn thang!”