Disclaimer: I was asked to share the information below with you. My personal connection to the fight against Cancer was enough of a reason to say yes.
If you are a busy mom (aren’t we all?) looking for a reason to run, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Western PA and West Virginia has a program for you. The Moms in Training program is designed to give moms the training they need and help to find a cure for blood cancer at the same time.
This is a modified version of the LLS ‘Team in Training’ program, designed specifically for moms. Currently, the LLS of Western PA and West Virginia is recruiting moms who want to train to run or walk a 5k (or further), meet other moms, and raise money for this cause. Moms in Training meets every Saturday at 9 AM at Pittsburgh parks (such as Schenley Park) for 75-90 minutes.
With the Pittsburgh Marathon coming up, this is a perfect opportunity for moms in the area. Marathon not for you? Consider the Half, Relay, or 5k. Busy that day? No worries – I already committed to run for another charity, but am able to join the program and train for an event later in the year. We all have to start somewhere, so why not here?
The commitment: Raise $500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA and West Virginia by the day of your event. You don’t have to do this alone! I met up with Jordan and Sara, our local LLS Fundraising gurus, and they have plenty of ideas to help you achieve this goal.
What you get in return: Training Schedule (run with the other Moms in Training on Saturdays, with a plan), Coaching (from certified coach Kim Bell), Workshops on topics like nutrition and stretching, Socializing (Moms have to have fun, too!), Team Environment (training is easier with a friend!).
As a mom, the Moms in Training team knows it’s not easy to work out with kids. If your child can remain in the stroller, they’re welcome to join you. If your kids are older and can run along with you, they can come along.
And dads? You’re welcome, too.
If you’d like more information on this opportunity, please check out their Facebook Page and ask for more information.