Sunday, September 26, 2010

5K Walk/Run

Breast cancer is not something I would have ever chosen to go through. It is an elite club of courageous women (and sometimes men) and not a club I ever aspired to join. I always had sympathy from afar, but it was never personal. Now it's different.

Today I participated in my first ever Susan G Komen Race for the Cure with my husband and my 2 daughters! We met up with my husband's brother and wife and their little girl so we could share this opportunity with them. While my husband and his brother ran the 5K, the girls and I walked the first mile and 1/2 and then jogged a mile and 1/2. It was so fun to be able to do this with my girls. My goal is to be able to run the 5K next year.

It was such a fun afternoon. Just being in that atmosphere with 10,000 other participants all supporting the same cause. As survivors, we wore the pink t-shirts and baseball caps. They put a ribbon on your cap for each year that you come back to the race. They also give you hot pink Mardi gras beads for each year that you are a survivor. I got "1!" It was cool passing other women in pink with tons of beads hanging around their necks!

The only sad part for me was seeing the teams who were walking in memory of loved ones. There was one team there walking for a friend of a friend who died last year. She was my age and had small children. Although it was sad, it was also such an awesome way to honor her memory and to see how much she was loved!

So, I have completed my first breast cancer walk and survived! I may not be able to walk tomorrow, but it was worth it! :) I can't wait for next year!


Peter and Nancy said...

My sister ran the race in Milwakee! She's a doctor, and she does it for patients of hers who've had breast cancer.

What an inspiring day -- feeling the sense of accomplishment at how far you've come, and seeing so many others there who have come back for many years. I'm glad to hear that your friend's memory is being honored as well.

Julie & Patrick said...

Way to go! Good for you!! Love the camaraderie that an event like this can bring. Can't wait for the year that your only complaint is from the weight of the strands of pink beads around your neck!

Congrats! on the race!