Last night, I was reading a Runner's World magazine, attempting to catch up on all those magazines that went unread over the past few semesters. I came across a story that discussed all the many reasons why people run marathons or other races, and one of those reasons is cancer. I went online and looked up marathons that support the fight against breast cancer. I had previously decided that I wanted to run a marathon before my 30th birthday. I turn 29 in September of this year. So instead of running the Palm Beach Marathon in December, like I originally thought I might do, I have decided to run the 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer on February 13, 2011 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. (I e-mailed the contact person through the website to find out the exact date). I even found that they have Galloway Pace Groups.
I am running this for Linda. I am running this for my Aunt Jennifer who survived breast cancer. I am running this for me, because it is something I can do to show my support in the fight against Breast Cancer. I now have just over a year to properly train for the marathon. This gives me a few more months to really build up my miles and run consistently every week before I start the marathon training. If there is anyone else who would like to join me in my training or even at the race, please let me know.
As a side note, I met Caitlin and another friend from school for a run this morning. Caitlin and I had convinced T and J to run with us and train for a half marathon in December. Today we did a slow but nice two mile run. We are planning on meeting Thursday as well.