Last Friday, I was checking my news feed on Facebook and I was sad to see that Team In Training patient honoree Bob Piercy passed away. If you ever went to a Chicago Team in Training Event you met or heard Bob speak. As one person put it, "Bob was nothing short of amazing and inspirational." Bob was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL. ALL is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells.
From Bob's energetic speeches to his updates on Facebook he was so positive he inspired you.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know I had to run 16 miles on a treadmill yesterday. Why I had to run 16 miles on a treadmill is a story for another time. The fact is that I needed to run my 16 miles for preparation for the Madison Marathon and getting on a treadmill was the only way it was going to happen this weekend.
When Bob spoke he always talked about how he heard about Team In Training. He was watching the Chicago Marathon one year and noticed all the people in purple. He always wanted to join the crowds of people running the streets but his heath would not let him. From then on he has been a big supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Even though his heath would not let him physically join us he was always with us in spirit. Yesterday's training for me was no different.
If you run on a treadmill you know it gets very boring and difficult. With any long distance part of your training is mental. With a tredmill you are not going anywhere, the room gets really hot, if you don't have a TV in front of you you're staring at a wall. I wanted to give up at mile 12. I thought about Bob, who was always there supporting everyone in Team. His positive energy flowing to everyone. So I said to myself this is for Bob and for all of those who can't run. I finished my 16 mile run.
I'm not fundraising this season for the LLS but I am coaching the participants of Team In fundraising Training this summer and fall train for the sold out Chicago Marathon who are fundrasing.
If you are interesting in tackling your first Marathon or your 9th and making a difference by helping find a cure for blood cancers you can attend one of our Information Sessions listed here.
Or help make a donation to people who are fundraing.
My friend Jo, who runs in memory of her mom and was my running buddy throughout last summer is trainining for Elkhart Lake Triathon this June. Click Here to see her story.
My friend Fish who runs in honor for his mother is training for Steelhead 70.3 Triatholon. Click here to see his story.
|From Bobby on the Run|