Sunday, April 14, 2013

Is God a Team in Training Fan?

Anyone who knows me knows that I a fan of Team in Training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's endurance athletics program to raise money in support of their mission to cure blood cancers and support blood cancer patients.  Starting eight years ago, I've done five events with Team in Training, while raising money from generous people in each one: the Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska; the San Diego Marathon; the Arizona Marathon in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe; the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee; and the Seattle Half Marathon.  Along the way, I got to see parts of the country I'd never seen, and also got to do some things in the great outdoors, such as seeing my first grizzly bear in Lake Clark National Park, and hiking in Saguaro and Mount Rainier National Parks.

Completing a marathon or half marathon - especially the first time - is an amazing feeling.  Completing one as a cancer survivor?  Well, that magnifies that feeling ten-fold!  Plus, I have met many incredible people through Team in Training.  When I am doing it, I do tend to hike less, which is one negative.  When you are running five days a week, several of them long distance, it takes away from then energy one has for hiking and for other things.  But I am still a big fan.  I hope to do my sixth event this year, if my left knee and right foot cooperate.  I may have to do the event as a walker rather than a runner, but that is perfectly okay.

But what about God?  Is God a Team in Training fan?  Well, on Thursday's hike to Staunton River State Park, I found conclusive evidence that the answer is "Yes!"  Here it is, in TNT's purple and green colors:

As I stood there, I thought I heard a faint "Go Team!" carried in the breeze.

Actually, believe that God is a big fan of anything we humans do that is good for ourselves and for others, and Team in Training qualifies, big time! 


  1. I think it's great that you run marathons applaud you for doing it. : )
    Oh yes, God is our biggest fan!!

  2. It's been a lot of work, and I've put a lot into it, but gotten a lot back out as well.

    Yep, #1 Fan when we do good things, 24 x 7.