Last weekend I ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. My One Little Word this year is FINISH, and my intention for August was FINISH line. And I crossed it! I’ll update more about my One Little Word later, today I’m just going to share a bit about how the race went.
I went with Poppy (my grandpa). He walked and I ran, which was awesome because one of my big fears was that he’d show me up. I liked being able to hang out with him before and meet up with him after, while being able to keep my own pace during the actual race.
My original goal was to run the whole thing non-stop, but I didn’t get up to that point (partially because I didn’t run enough during my vacation, which was right before race day). I ran the first mile, then alternated running and walking the rest of the time. It took me about 40 minutes start to finish. I ran way more than I walked, and that’s good enough for me.
Eliza’s school has a 5K in September, so I’m going to work towards running that one (as long as my foot, which I injured at the race but didn’t feel until a few days after, is healed well before then).
I had a big long playlist on my phone, which was perfect, and I snapped some of the awesome views of downtown Kansas City with it when I needed to walk. The views were the best.
I raced in memory of my grandmother Michelle Kiekel, who I called Grammy. We lost her to breast cancer, and I was very mindful that I was racing for her. I was fighting back tears from the very start, and I started bawling after I passed the finish line.
I’m not done running, and I’m not done trying to make sure fewer families are impacted by breast cancer. Help me raise $10,000 for Susan G. Komen and see my head shaved!
Even a little bit counts: if everyone who visits our blog in one month donated $1, we’d have the whole fundraising amount in a month!
Have you ever run a 5K? What was your experience like?