Anyone who has ever run in a ‘race’ probably knows that the money you pay to sign up is typically a donation to an organization to help a cause. The 5k my hubby, friends and I do every Christmas helps the Arthritis foundation, for example. You pay your race fee and you have the opportunity to choose to raise additional funds by having friends and family donate to the cause for your run as well. It’s a nice way to help…you use your love for fitness to run for YOU, but also to help a cause.
I recently learned of a similar organization who goes one step further, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS is a voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. They fund research around the world and provide free information and support services. (learn more about them at their website: www.lls.org)Their flagship fundraising campaign, Team in Training (TNT) is the world’s largest charity endurance sports training program. TNT has trained more than 275,000 and helped LLS fund more than $875 million in research to discover & deliver breakthrough cancer treatments. When you participate with TNT, you have a choice of more than 200 accredited national and local endurance events worldwide. Participants raise funds, and in return receive 4-5 months of personal training from TNT certified professional coaches. So, you raise funds for the cause, AND you get personal training to ensure you do your very best in the race?! I’ll take it! That’s a great opportunity! If you want to learn more about Team in Training or get involved…or sign up, visit their site here: www.teamintraining.org
I mean, look how much FUN they have!
Okay, so, you’ll learn plenty from a TNT coach if you choose to train with them and support the LLS, but here’s a few tips to get you started and get you across the finish line:
- Always drink plenty of water. Before a race, you should focus on hydration the whole day beforehand. If your urine is a pale yellow, then you’re good! Have some water before a race, but don’t overdo it, or your belly will not be happy.
- Warm up before any training run and before a race. You may feel like you’re wasting energy, but you’re not. You’re improving it…and ensuring you prevent injury too. Many agree the best warm up is a dynamic stretching routine. It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll be glad you did it!
- Ensure you have the right shoes for your body type and running style. I can’t say this enough. Your shoes are what will make or break your training runs and races. Go to an actual running store where they know a LOT about running so that you’re fitted appropriately and find the correct type of shoe for YOU.
- Drop all cotton. No cotton in your socks, shorts, pants, sports bras, or tops. Just ditch it, get polyester & other blends. Just no cotton. Cotton chafes. And you will NOT be happy. Also, the other blends will wick sweat away and ultimately keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- If you’re just starting out, don’t overdo your training. Start out with jogging/walking for a mile. Go up no more than 10% in mileage every week.
- And remember, for the sake of everything that’s sacred to you. Stretch after each and every run. Don’t just go through the motions, either. Get down in it, and do it well!
Alright, so now that you’re ready to start, and you know about the LLS and TNT, go sign up! You can totally do this – it’s an amazing feeling to complete an endurance race, to support a worthy nonprofit, AND to be able to train with a coach. You don’t have to be super in-shape to do this. They’ll help you! And…what better way to get started than to WIN a gift bag from Team in Training?
Did you see that? TNT is giving ONE of my lucky readers a gift bag which will include a shirt, pens, mug, and sunscreen. Use the mug for water before your runs. And make sure you use sunscreen when you run outside!
Do you want to win this? All you need to do is comment below, telling me if you’ve ever run a race, and if so, what you liked most about it…and if you haven’t run a race…tell me why you’d like to one day.
**Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by LLS and TNT.**