When I moved to Dallas, we stayed in touch and both ended up taking up running in our respective locations. I suggested we run the inaugural Jazz Half Marathon together and I could tell at that finish line that Lainee had been bit by the running bug. Running with her all 13.1 miles of the course was an experience we will always remember. From my awful rendition of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” to take her mind off the miles to her choice words thrown my way at mile 11 (to her credit, I cannot sing for the life of me); we enjoyed our celebratory beer and jambalaya afterwards and proceed to recover by donning tights, leotards and blue eyeshadow for our 80′s fitness instructor Halloween costumes. That was Lainee’s first half marathon and I was so proud of her.
Pre-singing, pre-cursing, pre-celebrating
Post-race recovery Tess
Post-race recovery Lainee
So when she signed up for her first full marathon, it was a no-brainer that I’d do everything I could to run each and every mile with her. She suggested I white-out that goal of mine and this Friday, I not only did that, but I registered for the Country Music Marathon (we also registered for the Mardi Gras half too).
My biggest hope for her first marathon is that she enjoys it. I am so happy that she has signed on with Team in Training for so many reasons. Not only for Team in Training’s mission, but also the support she will receive and friendships she will make as she makes her way to the finish line.
As part of her training, she has committed to raising money, $2500 to be exact, for TNT’s mission in the fight of Leukemia and Lymphoma, both of which affect so many and personally affect people close to her family and my family.
Please consider donating to her campaign. Your dollars will not only go to a great cause; they will serve to continue to motivate her as she logs hundreds of training miles to her goal of 26.2 miles. As a marathoner, I know that every little bit of motivation helps. As a witness to the damage both leukemia and lymphoma can do, I know your contributions will bring us one step closer to a cure and support those who are currently battling these diseases.
Please visit her page – link is below. I will keep you updated on our training and I will be donating a little something to her campaign for each training mile I log.