Monday, May 9, 2011

After the Race for the Cure

We did it! We ran, walked, talked, and laughed for 5k on a perfect spring morning around the Mall of America.
In the sea of pink, it was initially difficult to find my group, but I did and off we went. My friend Katy, who is scheduled to participate in the 3-day 60 mile walk in August, came in with a time of about 27 1/2 minutes. My son finished in about 30 minutes after he had to pick up his pace when he noticed he was being left in the dust by 12 year old girls. My business friend and her family hot-walked the distance in 45 minutes, which was pretty impressive. The rest of us jogged and walked and just had a great time. I met several other survivors, and heard their stories. There are so many stories! And hugs were everywhere. It is a joyful event that is an annual tradition for many, many families.
I wasn’t quite as prepared as I had hoped, and I was a little nervous that everyone would be speedy. Not so. Though there were plenty of runners and fast walkers, it wasn’t speed that mattered. I did run in the last 100 yards with my workout buddy Christine, which prompted us to pledge that next year we will be ready to jog the whole way. My leggings worked out perfectly - I’ve got to say, I love QuikWik!
The perfect ending to the morning was the party at the coffee shop afterwards. Lots of chatting, laughter and lots of love. I really had a great Mother’s day.
And it’s not too late to donate if you’d like: In total, over 50,000 people participated in the two events, the run and the walk and to date over $2.8 Million has been raised. The goal is to find a cure, and in the meantime, to provide support to the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
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