Many of you know that I LOVE to run… for fun! The feel of the wind, the power of my body, the satisfaction of a good workout. I just love it all.. even when something hurts, or I have a bad day on the road, it’s been a favorite activity of mine, and is the catalyst that helped me quit smoking- COLD TURKEY- after 12 years!
One of my favorite charities happens to be Team in Training, and I’ve run two half marathons and one 5K with them, but since having Addie, I have not run nearly as much. Sadly, time constraints and a lack of funds to run bigger races have left me in a bit of a lurch… my last half marathon, in fact, I was about 6 weeks pregnant with my devious toddler!
I emailed over to Team in Training, expressing my concerns. Any races with a stroller, or training with a babe (or two)?! I want back in! And then the reply… We have a new program starting soon! Here are the details…
As I am sure many of my readers are, I am strapped for help with a late-working hubby, I want to get back into giving back- but have to do it on my time, and I have some insane desire to involve my kids in a healthy lifestyle- even if that means I never get a moment to myself. So, what’s the new program that has me ready to push at the end of September and up and racing a 10k by Addie’s 3rd birthday? Let me share what our fearless campaign leader has told me!
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Rhode Island Chapter is excited to announce our new program – Moms In Training. This program is a spin-off of our successful Team In Training program. It is designed for moms who want to Get Fit, Meet other Moms and Fight Cancer!
Moms In Training began in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s New York City Chapter in the Spring of 2012 with 28 moms raising $45,000 in support of the mission. In the spring of 2013 they increased the program to 150 moms who raised $185,000.
Moms In Training soon spread throughout LLS chapters, and we are now training over 300 moms in New York City alone. The program is projected to raise over $1 million for this fiscal year! On average moms have been raising $1500 per event even though the fundraising minimum is only $500. We encourage all the moms to set a personal goal and enlist us to help them get there!
The Rhode Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has decided to adopt Moms In Training in the next year to our programs offered. We are going to be recruiting moms throughout the month of June and will begin training in July. Moms of all ages are welcome- including the new moms looking for the support they need to get in shape after childbirth.
The training program is anywhere between 8-12 weeks, where participants will receive a weekly training plan from our coach to guide them as they practice on their own. Each week there will be a group run with all the moms training for the race. They will be held early in the morning to ensure that we don’t interrupt anyone’s schedule, especially kids. Strollers are welcome.
Did you get all that? Let me highlight strollers are welcome! …Group runs are early in the morning so naps aren’t interrupted. Oh, and did I mention: strollers are welcome! Best part? A little note Meredith wrote in her emails to me, We are encouraging moms to bring their children with them.
Yeah… encouraging! I know it’s a bit over-the-top, but I’m not comfortable leaving Addie for long periods of time, yet, and know that sometimes I can’t get into a good flow because of “what if” thoughts. What if: she’s crying, her diaper leaks, she falls, I’m home late, she won’t go to bed, etc. The list goes on and on- as do my rambling thoughts. So, what do I do? I fall in love with programs like this. Programs that give me the opportunity to give back, and make myself better at the same time.
So, maybe you can’t tell, but I’m really excited! Please contact your local Team in Training group or check them out online! I am always up for new challenges, because Motherhood, and know that adding in different fitness programs can be so much more. Giving myself the time to get out there and do what I love is such a gift. A gift I deserve- all while giving back, too!
Because so much research depends on outside funding, I have continued my relationship with Team and Training through many different journeys in my adulthood. I’ve found that always coming back to the organization has brought me peace and pride in each step I take!
Can’t wait to see you on the roads! Lots of love and miles,