This past Saturday (and by the way did I ever tell you I love Saturday races) myself and some of my family & friends participated in the 1st annual Virginia Fallen Heroes 5k and fun run. A great cause, but it turned out to be an even better day than expected!
Good friends of ours were coming to visit from CT this weekend and I have always wanted to run with my buddy Aimee, the timing worked out perfect and we all signed up a few weeks before they came down. The race itself was held down at Mt. Trashmore, a local park in Virginia Beach. The weather was beautiful for running, partly cloudy and highs in the upper 50’s low 60’s. There was both a kids fun run and a 5k run.
The kids fun run took off at 10 am and Mr. Cutesie Face rocked it! Although it was a fun run he came in fourth. Nice job Mr 🙂 My kiddos always amaze me!
The 5k was held after the kids race. The hubbies were granted the “privilege” 😉 of running with the strollers so the Moms could race together. Don’t worry my hubby still rocked it and beat me by about 3 minutes even with the stroller! I had a sub 30 minute race on my mind. I have belonged to a Sub 30 Facebook Support Group (yes we runners are a funny and supportive bunch) for quite a few months but had not managed one as of yet. I told my hubby I wasn’t feeling a sub 30 today, his words “Hey you should always give it your all and at least try.” He was right, sometimes I really need someone to set me straight.
The course was an out and back, sort of. There were lots of runners of all paces that came out to support the great cause. I told Aimee (who is a bit faster than me) prior to the race I would try to hang with her but to take off if she felt I was holding her back. We stayed together until mile 2 when I told her to go on ahead. I looked at my watch and saw I was holding a steady 9:50/mm. Really? Me? Thanks Aimee 🙂 I kept Aimee in my sites for most of the last 1.1 miles. I was determined to try my best for that sub 30. To my elation I finished with 29:57!
OK here comes some TMI: After receiving my medal I nearly puked on both the volunteer and Aimee, who was waiting for me at the finish, lol. NEVER have I come that close to actually puking. I have felt like it but this was a little uglier than that, hehe. I had to walk off to the side and come back for my water later. But you know what, it was TOTALLY worth it!
So why the PINK Goal you ask?
Well over the past few months I have been determined to accomplish a sub 30 5k for my “Pink Awareness Cupcake Race” (the virtual race I co-hosted to raise money for Komen for the Cure) I have a strong family history of breast cancer in my family (my mom, sister and aunt)
So I dedicate my first sub 30 5k ever to both my Mom and Sister and my late Aunt
who are breast cancer survivors.
I love you so much, thank you for being so inspirational.
With the help of everyone who participated I was able to donate $1529.00 to Komen for the Cure!