I did it! I completed my first Team in Training “TNT” event this weekend, and it was one of the most inspiring and humbling experiences of my life.
Leading up to this race, I was not sure exactly how I would do. After originally planning to run the full marathon, then getting injured and having to drop down to the half marathon, I was slightly worried about how it would turn out.
My race day started off with my alarm going off at 4 a.m. My (iron-woman) friend Jill, met me at my house around 4:30 a.m, and soon after we were on our way. Portland, ME is just under 2 hours away from Boston, so we decided to wake up bright and early in lieu of staying in Maine overnight.
We arrived in Portland around 7 a.m (after making a few coffee stops, of course), which was just enough time for us to pick up our bibs, use the restrooms and head over to the TNT tent for me to pick up my purple TNT team shirt.
We lined up around the 9:30 min/mile corral, and before we knew it we were off!
Luckily the temperatures hovered around 50 degrees, and the rain held off until we finished. Perfect running weather if you ask me!
The first 7 miles were amazing. My body felt great, Jill and I stuck together and enjoyed the scenery and crowd cheering us on. However, around mile 8, I started to feel my legs tightening up and foot starting to hurt.
Rather than focus on that, I focused on the support and encouragement I received from the spectators and everyone who was a part of my fundraising journey. I raised just about $2,000 for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society while training for the Maine Half Marathon, and that’s really what got me through the last few miles of the race.
Crossing the finish line brought a rush of emotion, as I knew that every step I took and every dollar raised was truly making a difference in someone’s life.
Knowing that my efforts of literally putting one foot in front of the other for 13.1 miles helped advance cancer research, better the lives of cancer patients and their families, improved the medical treatment options for cancer patients and above all improved and SAVED lives is an incredible feeling.
Participating in the Maine Half-Marathon while being a part of Team in Training, touched me in a way I didn’t realize it would. I never thought I’d make friends with people I’m sure I’ll keep in touch with in years to come. I also never thought I’d consider raising thousands of dollars again but I am.
It felt so good being a part of something that is bigger than myself and I am proud to be part of such an amazing group of people. Collectively as a team we raised $30,000!!!
I certainly see myself running another race with Team in Training, and next time hopefully it will be a FULL marathon. GO TEAM!
Have you ran a race for a charity before? Which one? How was your experience?