MARATHON – MY ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

While I was an athlete growing up and in college, I always loathed running.  It was the ultimate punishment for me in any sport.  So when prompted by my wife several years ago to find something to really challenge me, I decided that there was truly only one option – sign up and run a marathon.  I had never run any race before, not even a 5K, but I decided this was something I couldn’t pass up.  So, for my 35th birthday present to myself, I signed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program.  I knew that many others had trained with TNT in the past to make the impossible challenge of running a marathon a reality.  The first few weeks were tough, but ultimately I embraced the training and the challenge of adding distance each week.  I successfully completed the Nike Marathon in San Francisco and thus began my love of running.  Since that time I have run numerous other races and have spent countless hours on the road or treadmill.  Of all of the races, however, the one series that continually provides the most excitement is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.  The energy is tremendous, the crowds are large and the course is filled with music to get you through even the toughest stretches.  The Halloween Half Marathon in Los Angeles is great as many runners show up in costumes (not me) for the race.  Whether someone is an avid runner or just a beginner, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series caters to all levels with many shorter “fun runs” incorporated into their events.  So, if you love to run or just want to have some fun, check out the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series.  If you want to run a marathon but don’t know how to get started, check out Team in Training.

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