Saturday was the Race for the Cure. High clouds covered the sun and made the temperature absolutely perfect for an easy 3 mile run. Coming into downtown for this event is always overwhelming for me. I love when so many people are gathered together for one purpose.
They played music over the loud speaker and I waited in the crowd with 20,000 other people for the run to start. Cheer squads from 6 local high schools were cheering at the starting line and then throughout the course at the mile markers, the top of the 2 inclines, and at the finish line.
This experience was so much different for me than the first time I did it. Most of my trouble last time was wrapped around my physical readiness, which added to emotional breakdown. I consider that time to be a success, it was an amazing experience. But this time was so different. I was more physically ready to run 3 miles which allowed me to be part of the celebration of the event and not the struggle.
I ran the whole 3.1 in 35 minutes and it was pretty much amazing. I wish I had pink shorts to wear, that would have made it more fun. I didn't stay very long for the celebrations and awards afterward. I have a hard time in crowds at the mall, let alone a crowd of 20,000 people.
There was so much pink, and since it happens to be my second favorite color, it made me so happy! It was everywhere from balloons and banners to bandanas and feather boas and tutus. It was an amazing celebration.
There were many groups of people participating as a team. They have shirts made with catchy phrases and pictures of loved ones. My favorite? “I'm here for the boobies” from Team eBay. Loved it. There were others like “save the tatas”, “joggers for knockers”, etc. No reason to be embarrassed about it, it's ok to admit you love em too.
Besides, where else can a person go to celebrate boobs in a completely wholesome way?
They are accepting donations through May so there's still time! Go here
Every year in Salt Lake City, on Mother's Day weekend, the city hosts the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I did it once, maybe 4 years ago? It was incredible emotional. There are so many people there, the amount of ladies wearing pink shirts (which recognizes them as breast cancer survivors) is staggering. I spent the whole time remembering the women in my life who had died because of breast cancer.
Do you realize how hard it is to breath, let alone run, when your hugely fighting not to cry? It's physically painful.
As part of my prep for the half marathon in November, I decided to participate in a few races this summer so that I'll be prepared for the 13.1 miles. For the first race of my series, I'm doing the Race for the Cure. It is a 5k, which is 3.1 miles.
The point is, I'm not one for fundraising or announcing the things I'm involved in, but I've been feeling like I should let you all know about this one. If a donation is something you feel like you want to do, please go to www.komenslc.org. It's very easy to donate online. No pressure. 🙂
Also, go here to find an event in your area.
I've been selfish with my time and it's about time I became involved in something bigger than myself. I'd love to hear about the things you are involved in. Will you share with me?