#TBT: It’s Really Cold in Boston This Time of Year

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Spandex Tights

Editor’s Note: Hello there! It’s me, FUTURE CAITLIN, popping in from the year TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. As you may recall, I’m trying to raise $12,000 to commemorate my 12 years running Boston with the Team. For each $1,000 I raise, I’ll be posting a throwback email from that year’s fundraising campaign. So to celebrate my first $1,000 please enjoy this vintage 2005 number, sent 11 years ago TO THE DAY. 

Marathon update, comin’ atcha! (For those of you whose email addresses
I have recently acquired and who may in fact still be wondering
“Caitlin WHO?”, here are the pertinent facts: 1. Deschenes-Desmond. 2.
I am running the Boston Marathon, and 3. Point 2 is contingent on my
raising at least $2500 by January 23rd.)

So, what have I been up to since I last emailed you? Well, I learned
to knit, but you can’t knit your way to the finish of the Boston
marathon, friends. So, I’ve also been running! A lot. I ran in the
snow on Thanksgiving morning, I ran along the Thames in London, and
I’ve recently been testing out my penguin waddle on the 3-inch-deep
ice around the Charles. I’m now up to around 35 miles a week, and my
long runs are up to 9 miles (I’m looking forward to the point when
they get long enough to justify one of those fannypack/toolbelt combos
loaded with gummy bears and Power Gu).

On the fundraising front, I have $305! If you’ve donated already, a
million thank yous to you! If you haven’t, well, this email isn’t just
to let you know I love spandex. Please, if you can, consider making a
donation! It is the season of giving, after all, and your money will
go straight to helping people who really need it (see www.lls.org).
Any amount is appreciated and, as I said before, will quite possibly
earn you a baked good  (ask those who have donated already, I make
good on my promises).

So again, here’s my website link: www.active.com/donate/tntma/cait

If you want to send me a check, you can do that too! Make it out to
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mail it on over to:

Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond
20 Royce Road, Apartment 3
Allston, MA 02134

In conclusion, I wish everyone a season full of all the best TV
specials being on when you happen to be home, warmth, good food, belly
laughs, and love. I’ll email you again in a month!

Cait

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2005 Caitlin, bless her mesh shorts-clad heart
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