Saturday, June 19, 2010

Half Marathon Training

My training is well underway for the Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on September 5th. I first wrote about this here. Training for a half marathon is something I have always wanted to do, and since I am determined not to have this waiting time be wasted time, now was the perfect time.

We ran 6 miles today! I can't believe how quickly I have improved - when I first started 2 miles was a struggle. We will continue to step up the miles every Saturday until we reach 13 miles.

The other part of all this is the people affected by blood cancers. Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

One of the aspects of this disease that has really touched my heart  is the fear that cancer survivors live with after the chemotherapy and radiation are over with, when they wake up the next day and wonder when/if their cancer will come back. An estimated 912,938 people in the United States are currently living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, NHL or myeloma. My sister Debbie is one of these people. I will be running in her honor.

If you would be interested in supporting me in my goal to raise $3000 to help cure blood cancers, please visit my fundraising page below. I am required to raise $2200, but I would like to exceed this minimum.

Becky's Fundraising Page

Your support would be greatly appreciated!


Lisa said...

Yay! I'm proud of you!!

Flakymn said...

You go Becky! I think the list of "things you did while you wait" will be something you will be forever proud of. And so cool to share with your little one.

The Tanner Crew said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome! What an inspiration you are my friend! Way to go! How are you training? I am only running about 3 right now and would like to improve!

DeniFay said...

Love it!!! I did TNT last year and did the Country Music 1/2 in Nashville. Thank you for doing this and raising awareness for blood cancers and helping research! You are going to have a BLAST!!! Go TEAM!!!

The Sherrill Family said...

YEAH! Training for a 1/2 marathon is awesome. I was amazed at how I improved and was able to do long runs when the most I'd run before starting to train was 3 miles. You can do it!