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Running for a Cause

on April 25, 2013

This weekend I will be running Nike Women’s Half in DC with Team in Training.  I am super excited, and I think that is why taper week has been making me a little crazy.


This will be my first race with TNT and my 3rd half marathon this year.  Admittedly I was getting a little worn out with the long training schedule.  Due to my husbands deployments I have not been able to fully participate in the group TNT training runs much.  But my coach…Coach Bob, has been wonderful and always kept us in the loop.  He is a great coach and very enthusiastic! I am so glad he will be traveling to DC with us!  Thanks Bob!

Last weekend we had our local TNT sendoff party.  I am really glad I was able to attend!  My friend Cara from Running In Sanity and I have raised money, trained thru deployments, sick kids and all that fun stuff for the last many months.  it seemed like this weekend would never come.  I want to thank the coaches that spoke at the sendoff because they gave me a renewed spirit for running with TNT in DC.

“We are running for something more than ourselves, something bigger.”

That’s just what I needed to be reminded of!


Our local co-ordinator, Josh, who is also an almost 5 year survivor spoke to us about his journey.  Josh is a soft-spoken great guy, very sweet, very humble.  He spoke about how 4 years ago he could not walk from the chair to the bathroom without his wife’s help.  Last weekend Josh completed his first 50 mile….yes 50 MILE trail run!  Amazing!

Running In Sanity, Josh and Me

Cara (Running In Sanity) Josh our co-ordinatior and me

So I am really excited about the race and sporting my purple Team In Training Shirt.  It’s soooo not about time, or PR’s or me…. it’s about completing the journey for someone elses benefit and that makes this race very, very special.

A HUGE Thanks to all of you who have supported Myself, Running in Sanity and TNT through our series of Cupcake Virtuals.  

I am brining good thoughts of you all along with me on Sunday!  Give yourselves a pat on the back too, without you I would not be in DC on Sunday.  I did my last official training run today wearing my Team In Training shirt.  Now to pack…..


12 Responses to “Running for a Cause”

  1. Pam says:

    Good luck with your race Darlena. So great that you are running for TNT!

  2. Alicia says:

    Congrats and good luck! I love that you had a send off party, and Josh seems like such an inspiration! Amazing. I’m heading to DC this weekend too – though not to run. I might try and become a spectator for the race though. I’m betting it will be amazing!

  3. Kasey says:

    Good luck! You’ll do great!

  4. Karen says:

    So exciting! I hope you have an awesome race…and I love the cause you chose! :0)

  5. Carrie says:

    I hope you had a great race and I love the quote about taper week!

  6. kenzgirl09 says:

    Running the nike half marathon is one of my ultimate dreams. N i wanted to say that i love your blog and you inspire me as a new runner!

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