It is more than just the stuff

A few days ago, I posted about my excitement for my first race of the season. This really isn't just any race. Not only is it my first (official) 10k, but it is my first run participating in Team in Training for Leukemia & Lymphoma society.  I am so over the moon about participating in this race with this amazing group.

Although I have been pretty excited from day 1, my insane excitement got sparked when I picked up my race bag from LLS last week

What is not to get excited about this fun stuff? Race shirt and a l/s tee (which will probably be my shirt for afterwards. There was  also a magnet for LLS TNT which I promptly placed on my car.

But it is more than just the stuff.

It is about amazing people like this and the difference we make in the lives of so many by fundraising through our running.  We all fundraise as part of different running events throughout the year for different reasons. For some of us our reasons are friends, others family members, and even others students or people we know from church or other community activities.

I don't neccessarily believe in fate or someone being in control of all of our being, but I do believe that things happen for a reason. I am so happy that I made the decision and this huge leap of faith to join this mission, this journey following news of a high school classmate being diagnosed with Leukemia on Christmas Day 2012. I have already decided to participate in the Nike Women's half next year and fundraise for LLS again.

There are so many great causes out there to choose from but this is more than just a cause to me now. It is a great group of people who run with one common goal in mind- finding a cure for cancer. These people, their stories, have blown my mind, made me cry, and made me appreciate every day of my life a little more.

I am so happy to be running with a purpose for this upcoming 10k. I am taking donations for a while now and would love it if some of my readers would take part- every dollar counts. You can use the plug-in on the side bar if you are able to help out in any way!

How do you spend the week before a race? 


  1. So true, and awesome. :) I love that charities and races are so intertwined these days--just one more reason to run!

    Good luck with the 10K, girl!! Looking forward to hearing about it.

  2. That's wonderful! Good luck to you. My first 10K was the most fun I've ever had running.
    Lulu and Daisy


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