I can now cross-off “Run a 5K” off my “100-Things-To-Do-Before-I-Die” list. Yes, I have one of those lists. ‘Get married,’ ‘Have a baby’, and ‘Go zip-lining,’ have been crossed off already. I’m still working on ‘visit all 7 continents,’ ‘learn to scuba dive’, ‘live in another country’ etc. I started training for my 1st 5K in April. Xander has enjoyed his daily runs in the jogging stroller, watching the passing cars and playing peek-a-book with the stroller’s sunshade. Jogging with Xander isn’t easy, I find it difficult to push his 22 lb body and the stroller up the steep hills near our house. I burn extra calories that way, but I’m not helping my ‘time.’ Anyway, I felt ready and energized for this weekend’s 5k.
I chose to participate in the Susan J. Komen Race for the Cure with the Anheuser-Busch group. As many of you know, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May so the race had extra meaning for me. I ran for you Mom! So, Nick, Xander, and I got up early and drove downtown this morning. Anheuser chartered buses from the brewery to the middle of the race activities, plus they handed out free water and 180 energy drinks. NICE! They even had a Clydesdale out for photographs. Xander kept calling the horse a ‘dog.’ It was funny. Anyway, the race itself was packed with spectators, racers, walkers, and survivors (who wore solid pink shirts). The news said that this year the event expected over 70,000 people!! And, I believe it! The first 1/4 of a mile was shoulder-to-shoulder and it was impossible for me to actually ‘run.’ But, I managed to weave around the walkers and strollers. It was great to see all the spectators lining the streets, holding out their hands to give you a high-five as you ran by. Local businesses stood on the sidelines handing out water and cheering the runners/walkers on. Bands were playing, cheerleaders yelling, and local radio stations encouraging everyone. There were ‘mist’ stations along the way which was nice since there were 0 clouds in the sky and the sun was fierce. I’m proud to say I ran the entire 5k and I finished under 30 minutes even with the slow start. Nick & Xander were waiting for me at the finish line. It was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again next year!
Here’s a blurb on the race from the Komen website:
One in eight women will be stricken with breast cancer in her lifetime. The Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® raises money to fund education, screening and treatment programs for these women and thousands of others in our own community and supports the national search for a cure.
The Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5K run/ walks in the world. Since its origination in Dallas in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure® Series has grown from one local race with 800 participants to an international series of 117 races with more than 1.3 million participants.
To search for upcoming Race for the Cure events in your city, click HERE. Orlando and Cleveland have their annual race coming up later this year. I encourage anyone and everyone to sign up, even if you decide to just walk the fun 1-mile.