To Team in Training?????

This week I tried a few new things. One was pretty simple; I finally used the fitness center on base and took advantage of one of the free classes. It was fun; sans the 5:15 wake up to make it to class by the start time. (I could sleep in a little later but I have certain pre-work out rituals I like to follow, like pooping).


The other new thing I did was attend a Team in Training meeting. For years I’ve seen them at races and race expos. I’ve talked to them. I’ve learned about the organization. But the most commitment I’ve done is give them my address and email.

I’ve received countless invites to informational meetings. My email inbox is full of races that Team in Training participates in.

Team in Training does great events and they raise money for such a great cause. Unlike some people who are motivated by the training program, I have already proven to myself I can manage running a distance race.

The main reason I have never done a Team in Training event is………I am afraid of the fundraising.

For those of you who don’t know when you sign up to run for Team in Training you commit to a fundraising commitment. Different races have different commitments. Team in Training covers things like hotel, dinner, and race fees. So it isn’t a bad deal, if you can fundraise.


Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem fundraising. When we were in Miami, Team Run Fat Boy Run would raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. On a good event I would raise $300. (The team total was always higher.)


I’ve been assured by numerous people that the fundraising really isn’t that bad. And I want to believe them. But my fundraising track record is not that great.

What do you think? Have you done Team in Training?


  1. I am right there with you…my fear of fundraising is what has kept me from signing up with Team Living Water for nearly a year now…I started my own fundraising page with them, that has no commitment attached, because I wanted to do SOMETHING without the chance of falling short of a promise – is that cowardly? Then I am a coward…but at least I won’t be a failure too.

    I hope one day to be better than that, but today is not the day 😦


    1. Thank you for sharing that. A few years ago I had to cut back drastically on my races because I was spending way too much money.

      I don’t want to be that person who pushes things off and says maybe when this then that. But I also want to make fiscally responsible decisions, and holding a large commitment (even though the cause is great) feels a lot like debt.


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