Over the past few weeks I have been reminiscing about my time with Team in Training. I spent so much of my time for a few years dedicated to Team in Training and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I lived and breathed TNT and LLS, so much that I thought I would be involved for life. At one point though, it felt like it just consumed my life and I stepped back. Waaaay back, and then almost three years passed.
I was cleaning out a drawer full of old race gear and sorted through my TNT shirts. I looked at them and remembered fondly each of the events they were tied to, and the people I had met over the course of the training for the events. Many of those people are still found on my Facebook news feed, but there have been a few I lost contact with and one very tough loss of an Honored Teammate. I posted this picture and mentioned how I missed everyone, then one of those Facebook friends said “Yes we miss you too. Come join us for Nike kick off is Saturday in Sonoma.”
I knew before I even walked into the Kick Off that I was signing up for a new event. I knew there would be wonderful reunions with people I hadn’t seen in years and the inspirational talks from honorees and staff would make it that much easier to sign the papers. So I signed up. Nike Women’s Half. So, it’s almost a full circle. My first event with Team In Training in 2008 was the Nike Women’s Marathon, where I completed the full 26.2 miles. It was by far my favorite event to complete, mentor, and coach. There is something completely magical about the Nike Women’s Marathon and I can’t wait to get back to training with my team.
Here’s to being reunited with my purple peeps! GO TEAM!!!