5 years ago I decided to do something that I didn’t know would change my life- I joined Team in Training and ran my first marathon in San Francisco in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and quickly learned that through TNT, we can make a difference.
Everyone knows I run a lot of races but none mean as much to me as the races I run with TNT.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing more than any other nonprofit to advance cutting edge research and cures, is funding more than 300 different cancer research projects, and gave $237 million last year to help patients afford their treatments. And NONE of that would be possible without the efforts of Team in Training participants all across the country.
I’m back with Team in Training for my 8th season and 35th half marathon, Rock n’ Roll Nashville. This season, I have pledged to raise $2000 for the cause and train six days a week from now until the race in order to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Continue reading →
Thank you to these generous and philanthropic companies for the sweet product donations!
My online auction kicks off on Monday, March 20th at 9am PST, but I want to give everyone a heads up regarding the rules and logistics in advance so you can be ready to bid! All proceeds from this auction go directly to myTeam in Training effortsfor the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Every donation supports a great cause, helps to extend blood cancer research, and improves the lives of patients and their families.
On Monday, March 20th at 9am PST the auction will go live- to date, over $2300 worth of running and sporting goods have been donated! And, as you can see above, I’ve really got some FABULOUS support this time around! Continue reading →
I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a post but something happened. Something BIG. After 10+ years of being a stay-at-home-mom, I got a job. A full time job. That’s a lot of hours away from home, away from my kids, away from the free will that allowed me to run whenever I wanted and to write blog posts whenever I wanted. It was a big transition at first- for me and my entire family- but now, after 5 months, I’m finally getting into a good grove.
The Laura of 5 months ago was so dedicated to running and working out and setting goals and running race after race after race with abandon (when I wasn’t injured, that is) and the Laura of right now is finding some challenge in staying as dedicated. Depending on my life/work balance at the moment, my motivation tends to wane and sleeping to all of 6:30am is often so much more appealing than getting up at 4:45am to get my miles in. Continue reading →
In 2001, I decided to use my energy to start fundraising for cancer research and to that end, found The Breast Cancer Fund which aims to prevent breast cancer altogether by raising awareness and eradicating exposure to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments that link to the disease. The first event I ever participated in was The Breast Cancer Fund’s Bike Against the Odds, raising $1500 in 2001, then I came back to accomplish their Peak Hike for Prevention three times: in 2002 ($1300 raised), 2009 ($1100 raised), and then again this year, 2014. Continue reading →
This video was produced by Erica, one of my Team in Training mentees from last season, and sums up what it means to be a part of such a dynamic group that’s dedicated to running and fighting to cure cancer. Yours truly is at 3:48 and I meant every word I said.
Last week I celebrated two important milestones: 3 years with Team in Training and 3 years of writing running4thereason.com– happy runniversary/blogiversary to me! In fact, this blog was born because of TNT as I wanted to document the process of fundraising for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while training for my first marathon. When my first season with the team ended, I stayed on, became a mentor, continued to fund-raise, and ran another marathon… then seven more half marathons with the team after that.
The cliche “absence makes the hear grow fonder” is so very true! My 6th season with TNT just concluded and I really miss seeing my team, manager, and coaches on a regular basis! I am not on the team right now because of my injury but still wanted to relay the “why” behind my dedication to TNT & LLS in order to encourage and motivate others to join up and run for this stellar organization.
Be it sunny, windy, snowing, or raining, I won’t mind as these miles are all for Team in Training!
On August 3rd, I am competing as a member of The Guardsmen Trail Run Team in the Angel Island 12K Race to raise money for Bay Area at-risk youth and the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.
I became a big fan of The Guardsmen after participating in their Presidio 10 race last year and then again when I did one of their trail training runs earlier this year- I met a lot of The Guardsmen volunteers and after speaking with them about their cause, I was happy to help spread the word.
The Guardsmen help at-risk Bay Area youth by providing outdoor education programs and scholarships. They are committed to making sure that fundraising dollars are spent wisely- approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support programs for kids- so I am holding a raffle in their honor! Continue reading →
Oakland’s candlelight vigil in honor of the Boston Marathon (photo credit: See Jane Run)
Last Thursday, I attended a 3 mile run (1 mile for each victim) followed by a candlelight vigil in honor of the Boston Marathon. The event was organized by See Jane Run and it was fantastic- we ran the streets of Oakland with police escorts, gave several moments of silence for all the victims within the supportive arms of our running community and found a bit of comfort therein. We brought awareness to our city and showed that we won’t be stopped- I felt so honored running through my hometown, people clapping as we ran by saying, “God bless you, runners, go Boston!” It was moving, it was emotional and it was healing…
PLUS, yours truly got interviewed for the local news that night- click on this pic to catch the brief news segment… I said lots of deep and profound things about how the events in Boston have effected our tribe as a whole but they only used these 5 seconds- I’ll take it!