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Team in Training Leukemia/Lymphoma

post #1 of 18
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Has anyone participated in one of these trainings/events? Did you think it was worthwhile? Would you/did you do it again?

It sounds like you need to train full time for 3 to 5 months for the event (cycling a century, walk/running a marathon or half marathon). Did you find that to be true?

It's a big commitment of time to train and fund raising, so just looking for people who've been through it. Definitely a worthy cause and I understand quality of training is fantastic!
post #2 of 18
I ran the Rome marathon with Team in Training a few years ago, and it was a great experience for me -- they helped motivate me to something that just a year or so earlier I never though I'd be able to do. On top of that, I raised almost $5,000 for Leukemia research (If you know don't anything about cancer treatment, the LLS and cancer researchers have really done remarkable things).

That being said, it is a huge commitment. Not only does it take a lot of time to train -- by the end of the marathon training, I was taking 4hr training runs on Sundays plus 1 to 2 hr runs 3 days a week (the runs weren't THAT long, I'm just THAT slow). Plus, you have to commit to raising a good chunk of change.

The TNT crew are all good. I had the unfortunate position of being in a group located about an hour from me, so I didn't get the full support structure that a lot of other people from more populous groups did. I wasn't able to make it to a lot of the training runs with them because of the distance (a 7:30 training run an hour away was tough for me to do).

During the event, the support is fantastic, with people cheering you on throughout the race, a great group of people to go with. I just had a blast torturing my body for 26.2 miles. I'd suggest doing like me and taking advantage of the opportunity to take on one of the more exotic events - the Dublin Marathon is supposed to be great and the Rome event was fantastic. If I decide to do a century sometime, I'd like to do Tahoe though -- that has to be one of the most beautiful.

I'd totally do it again though... as soon as I get the nerve up to ask everyone I know to donate again. That was the toughest part for me.

If you decide to go for it, post it up here and I'll start you off with a donation.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks Aleph, awesome response! I'm going to a meeting tonight. Hesitant to make commitment because of degree of commitment but also want to set this type of goal for myself while keeping other aspects of life in balance (time w/family, new job w/same company)...I think that's the central question. I'll let you know what happens and if I sign up (or when I sign up??), I'll be sure to ask for that donation!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #4 of 18
If you do get up and running <pun intended, Sorry>, keep a training blog or something similar. Making your pain and suffering public keeps us entertained and you motivated <evil grin>

What type of event are you looking at? If you're worried about the time commitment, a half marathon is a surprisingly do-able event that doesn't take nearly as long to train for. A full marathon is an unbelievable experience though (as in, I can't believe I just put myself through that ).
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Team in Training

I have more experience with cycling. I've done a metric century but am thinking of doing a marathon or half-marathon (walk/run).....not a big runner.

Will keep you (all) posted!!
post #6 of 18
Perfect for beginners and those new to training for events. Even experienced athletes who need a discipline framework can benefit.

Enjoy. Which marathon?
post #7 of 18
I've also heard it called "Team in Dating". YMMV
post #8 of 18
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Went to a meeting tonight. Would love to do the Nike Women's Marathon in SF in October (run/walk)...or half marathon. However, Mr. Ski Spirit is not happy at the prospect of time away training (after last ski season's time away....bummer...would be out for long hours Saturdays towards end of season but earlier seems manageable...but I'm always overly optimistic.) I won't do it unless he somehow becomes comfortable with the idea........and to think I could have had this whole list to draw for contributions, right???
post #9 of 18
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Ok, Mr. Ski Spirit has seen the light (he's almost always very reasonable at the end of the day...I guess that might mean he sees things my way? Not really, he just knows I really want to try the Team in Training). So, I will be moving forward...still debating between the Nike marathon in SF or the Honolulu century (but I have no experience w/a marathon so kind of interested more in that). Will need to decide shortly and will keep you posted.....
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

It's Official - Nike Women's Marathon SF Oct. 2008

:Ok, I am now officially registered with Team in Training to walk/run the full marathon on October 19, 2008 --
the Nike Women's marathon.

Don't know what the policy is on asking for donations.
AlephNull -- I will PM you with info. For anyone else who would like to donate to a great cause, please PM me and I'll give you info for website to make donation.

As soon as I figure out how to set up a blog, I'm sure I'll provide lots of entertainment re:all the fun moments training for the marathon!!!!!!!:
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
:Ok, I am now officially registered with Team in Training to walk/run the full marathon on October 19, 2008 --
the Nike Women's marathon.

Don't know what the policy is on asking for donations.
AlephNull -- I will PM you with info. For anyone else who would like to donate to a great cause, please PM me and I'll give you info for website to make donation.

As soon as I figure out how to set up a blog, I'm sure I'll provide lots of entertainment re:all the fun moments training for the marathon!!!!!!!:
Ski Spirit, There is no problem if you want to start a thread asking for donations.
In Fact, if you look in the Community announcements you'll see Oboe and a few others have done something similar.

Also, Mike did a cross country donation driven thing last year on his bike and we made it a sticky in the cycle section.

Count me in on a donation. Is there a link you can post?
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Awesome, thank you TC!!! I will post message and link!!!
post #13 of 18
If you're looking for other ideas, a friend of mine arranges wine tastings to benefit TnT every year.
post #14 of 18
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Ideas for Fund Raising

Thanks Comprex, I appreciate any and all ideas for fund raising.

I have a minimum of $2500 to raise to do this marathon and am obligated to provide the funds myself if I can't raise them (or drop out by week 8 of training)...don't want to drop out...so will look for various ideas to provide benefit to people who donate.

Not a wine connosseur, so that may not work for me (although Mr. Ski Spirit knows more....and perhaps I could convice various vendors to donate wine....hmmm, something to think about......).
post #15 of 18
May 28, 2008

Hi SS:

Go for it. I envy you for what you are about to experience. The first marathon, really ranks up there as one of one's land mark accomplishments. Yes, there will be many runs (long or short) where you will be struggling with the distance, exertion, heat, humidity and (yes) pain. However, that's what makes a marathon worth completing. The sense of silent achievement upon the completion of one's first 10 mile, 13.1 mile and 20 mile run will never be captured again in a lifetime of running.

The plan you choose will probably follow some variant of Jeff Galloway's marathon training program. If not, I suggest that it would be highly beneficial to buy and study Jeff's book on training for a marathon: Marathon! Phidippides Publication 1996.

I look forward to your successful completion of this worth while challenge.

Think snow,

CP
post #16 of 18
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CharlieP--Thanks for the supportive note and reading suggestion!! I know you are right about the sense of accomplishment and also the pain (gasp!).

Will post blog info (when I figure out how to set one up...). Training starts 6/7!!!
post #17 of 18
Hi SS:

I forgot to add our greed: Marathoners does it longer::.

CP
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

Marathoners do it longer!

Good creed Charlie P---how about longer and BETTER
(it's not about speed, is it???):
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