On April 20, 2015 I will be running the Boston Marathon as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. April 2015 will also mark 5 years since my grandmother’s death of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was one of my closest friends and biggest cheerleaders. To raise critical funds that will support the research and treatment of these horrible cancers in her memory is an incredible honor. My goal is to raise $7,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – and I need your help!
As many of you know, Marathon Monday has been my favorite day of the year since I moved to Boston 10 years ago. The way the entire city and its suburbs come together on this one day to cheer on one of the greatest athletic feats is inspiring – even more so since the horrible bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Thank you to the many of you who checked in on me on Marathon Monday, throughout that week, and on Friday while I was in lock-down in my Watertown apartment, within a mile of the manhunt.
For the last year and a half, I have trained for half marathons and raised funds for the MS Society’s Thanksgiving 5K and the One Run for Boston. I know I can run 26.2 miles, and I’m positive that with your help, I can raise $7,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – all you have to do is click here for my fundraising website.
How can I support you and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?
Great question! First of all, THANK YOU for supporting me on this amazing journey as I honor my Granny’s memory in the best way possible. Second, please visit my fundraising website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston15/rsolot
I gave a donation, but I want to help more – what can I do?
Thank you! A huge help would be if you could share my blog with your own friends, family, and co-workers. If you’re in the Boston area, I’ll be hosting a few fundraising events and would love for you to join in the fun. And, regardless of where you might live, I have plans to host a virtual 5K race – more information to come!
How can I keep track of your progress?
Follow me here on my blog at runnerschailife.wordpress.com, on Twitter @beckyjoysolo, or Instagram @runnerschailife.
Wait, don’t you live in Boston? Will you be training all winter at the gym?
Yes, I *do* live in Boston, but no, I will not be training indoors. Last year, I quit the gym and decided to learn how to run in the freezing cold for exactly this reason. I knew that I desperately wanted to run the Boston Marathon, which means training outdoors. Last winter, I successfully ran outdoors through the freezing rain, snow, and ice – hitting temperatures as low as 2 degrees aka -12 degrees when you account for windchill. Team in Training will host weekend long runs, so that will be extra motivation to get out there, rain, snow, sleet, or shine – let’s just hope this winter is a little less freezing cold!