This Motivational Monday is going to be a little different because it is also two race recaps. Last weekend I ran Komen for the Cure in honor of my Mother, Sister and Aunt. This weekend I ran for the HERA Foundation to help fight Ovarian Cancer. It feels so good to be running two weeks in a row for great women’s causes.
I participated in Komen for the Cure with my entire family, all five of us. I made us some cool Team Happy Pace Tie Dye shirts (with the help of Cara from Running In Sanity….ok she is the crafty one) I added a little number bling to the back. The kiddos got in to the spirt by wearing crazy socks and clothes. Together the five of us walked. We walked for Mom, Grammy, Auntie, Sister and Great Auntie. Although my family does NOT carry the gene for Breast Cancer, we have had three cases within my direct female line on my mother’s side of the family. My chances are raised each time, and therefore so are my daughter’s, sisters and nieces. I was so proud of my hubby and kids! We walked in the light rain together, sometimes holding hands, telling jokes and getting along. It was a great day and a memory I will treasure. Maybe it might seem silly to you, but it meant a lot to me.
This Sunday I ran the Run Like a Girl an all female Trail Race in Virginia Beach. I ran with team “Moms Run This Town, Virginia Beach/Chesapeake“. This was my first official trail race and I LOVED it! I love everything about trails…except snakes, I hate snakes. Luckily there were no snakes Sunday. Whew! I ran sans music ( also a first during a race for me) and enjoyed the beautiful sounds and smells of nature. Another runner actually said to me “Ahh smells like nature, I love it.” “Me too” I replied. 🙂
The race was held at First Landing State park, a place my family and I love to run and hike. As I ran I tried my best to enjoy the beauty around me and NOT look at my Garmin. I wanted to take in everything about the race without thinking about how far I had left to run. My feet felt light, the weather was cool and sunny, just perfect for a fall run. The trails had slight inclines and declines, some sand and a few bridges. I picked women to pace with and when I passed them I picked someone else ahead of me to pace, that works for me in a race. The race was originally an 8k but had to be shortened to a 4 miler.
The race was held to raise money to help fight ovarian cancer through the HERA foundation. After the race a few women spoke about their fight, and for some their continued fight with cancer. It was very emotional and made me that much prouder to be part of the day. This was a smaller race, only about 400 women, but I will say it was one of my favorites yet. I wish it was a 10k or trail half marathon, that would be awesome! The director of the race notified us that the race would NOT be held at First Landing next year, but for a good reason. They have gotten too big for the park. I am hoping it stays a trail run though, its different and it was a great experience.