Saturday, March 20, 2010

Team in Tanning!

What a beautiful day! It started with a 3 mile run in Central Park with the Team in Training peeps. After that we did some core (read abs!) exercises in the park and then went back to today's homebase (a middle school) for an injury prevention clinic and a presentation by one of the "honored teammates." I couldn't hear a word of the injury prevention clinic; maybe I was too far away from the speaker or perhaps I was distracted by the bagel I was devouring as if I hadn't eaten in weeks. But I moved closer for our honored teammate's speech. An honored teammate is a cancer survivor who is training for the race alongside us. Today's was Beth Mowry. Beth is a single mom and high school teacher. Two years ago she went into the ER with some check paid and she was diagnosed with Non-Hodkin's Lymphoma. As she described it, it's the "best cancer you can get." Beth went through months of chemo, lost her hair, hiked death valley, raised her 5-year-old and went into remission. That's the short of it. And oh yeah, her medications cost a little over $350,000. And those medications? They were developed by researchers whose work was funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Talk about seeing the first hand fruits of our efforts.

After that, my small team and I went to Battery Park to enjoy some fun in the sun.

The Team in Training became the Team in Tanning and it was awesome! We snoozed, had a picnic, played a game and enjoyed some snacks. At one point, we watched a man pick up his dog's poop and toss it over the railing into the Hudson River. And then we remembered that's the same body of water in which we'll be swimming in four months. Maybe they'll add some chlorine before then? Or at least fish out (no pun intended) the dog poop and dead bodies.

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