The Team in Training kick off meeting on Saturday marked the official start date for me as a marathon runner! I wrote my info on the forms and signed my name, committing me to a fund raising goal and training program.
We met the volunteers in our area (San Fernando). They were radiating with positive energy and warmth. We met our honorary team mate, Audrey. She has battling lymphoma since 2002, and she is running the half marathon this October. It was so inspirational to hear her speak. She has been through so much, but she hasn't let that slow her down. This will be her 20th event with Team In Training! I admire her and hope I can keep up with her on race day.
We met our trainers, Brett and Cole. They have us training 3 days per week on our own with a weekly group run. We meet at 7am on Saturday to run 3 miles together. Three miles!!! I hope I don't embarrass myself! We all put our hands in the center (high school sports style) and yelled Go Team!
I walked away with jersey and water bottle in hand thinking of the little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...