What a fantastic event!!! It was a beautiful day in so many ways. We couldn't have asked for better weather, but the real beauty came from the people. There were thousands there. Every shape, size, age, nationality! There were so many who had names pinned to the back of their shirts for the women they were running for whether they were lost loved ones or survivors. The true heroes were these women, the survivors, in the honored pink shirts:
This is what it's all about people!!! Surviving breast cancer and someday finding a cure.
I also got the pleasure and honor of meeting fellow Sparkie AwesomeCarol55 who is herself getting ready to have a biopsy done to find out if she has breast cancer.
Carol truly is awesome and if you don't know her story yet, you should definitely check her out. She has been an inspiration to me here on spark. We are from the same small town and yet this is the first time we've met. Go figure!!
Here are a few more pics, wish I had taken more though.
There was lots to do and see even before the race started:
A local concrete company painted their trucks just for today and used them to block some of the roads for the race:
Here are some of the walkers coming in. I didn't notice the guy on the right side of the first pic giving me the evil eye while I was taking the picture......lol
Now for my race results. As many of you know, today has been my goal for running (term used lightly) a full 5K. Guess what!!! I DID IT!!! And I even finished stronger than I started. My 3rd mile was better than the first 2. Here's the breakdown:
Mile 1 - 14:28 mm
Mile 2 - 14:38 mm
Mile 3 - 13:28 mm
Last .12 - 12:33 mm
Total time 44:03 with 14:08 average.
There were two different races going on today. When you enter you can sign up for either the timed or the untimed race. The untimed was $5 less and was definitely the most crowded. Most of the people I knew, including Kim, had signed up for the untimed race so I was on my own in the timed race. Until I get faster I think this is the perfect thing for me. I can go my own pace, yet still be challenged by those around me to do better. If I am with someone I know then I think it will hurt me because I would probably try to keep up with them and then get down on myself for not being able to.
The timed race started 15 minutes before the untimed, so we were also able to get out there without quite as much of a mob. Kim even said it would've been much better to pay the extra $5 to be out of the mob. As I was coming back towards the finish the street was still FULL of people just getting going for the untimed event. Even 25 to 30 minutes after the untimed event started, the street was so full that it was hard for those of us finishing to find enough room on our side. That just give you an idea of how many people were there.
I was amazed at the number of people who were along the way to cheer us on. WSU cheerleaders were even there!!! Almost every twist and turn had a group of people clapping and encouraging us. Sometimes that was just the extra boost I needed to add a little pep in my step :)
Kim had walked with some people she worked with, so I had to wait for her to finish before getting our pic together:
If you have never attended a Race for the Cure, I highly recommend it. Whether to walk, run, volunteer or just to cheer people on, be a part of it. You will not regret it!