Race for the Cure...........wow, what a day!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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!

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    Awesome job Tammi....very proud of you and all those who participated. As a survivor of cancer I thank you all. Best wishes for Kim I will have her in my prayers....can never have enough of those!!! emoticon emoticon
    3346 days ago
    That sounds great!! And you posted a great time - good for you!
    3347 days ago
    Tami, you are awesome. You sound full of energy and excitement writing this blog. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    3347 days ago
    emoticon for running the whole thing! I knew you could do it!

    I really like the t-shirt design. It must be inspiring to run for such a great cause.
    3348 days ago
    Thanks, fantastic, congrats!
    3348 days ago
  • BILL60
    Super well done!! Way to hang in there. Keep it up.
    3348 days ago
    emoticon Tami!!! I'm so proud of you!
    3348 days ago
  • ASL191
    Well done!

    Looks like a great event to be involoved with!
    3348 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Well done!! Thanks for supporting the cause!
    3349 days ago
    Great blog! emoticon on your 5K! emoticon

    Next weekend our dog, Suzy, and I are doing "Paws for a Cure" :D emoticon
    3349 days ago
    Congrats on running the whole race! I will be participating in the Honolulu race on Oct 16, but I will be walking due to bad knees. It was awesome to see your pics. I hope we have a great turn out for our race.
    3349 days ago
    I am so proud of you! Way to go! You did great!
    3349 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5968222
    emoticon CONGRATS to you!!! You ran the whole thing and this is just awesome!!!!!!!!!!! That is my goal someday! I have run two 5ks now but not been able to run the whole time. I am so excited for you and what a great blog! Love all the pics and you look great too!!! emoticon
    3349 days ago
    Congratulations on running the entire 5k!!!
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    And thank you for supporting this very important cause.

    I enjoy reading blogs about what it is like to experience these races, so thank you for sharing!

    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
    3349 days ago
    Great blog Tami!!Thanks for the props! You did great..I totally agree..nextime I'm doing the timed event... I started out way too fast just to keep from getting trampled. I also loved the cheering from the sidelines..made me feel very special! So glad we met...keep up the great dedication and positive spirit! I am very happy to call you friend..you inspire me!!

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    Don't know how many people were actually there but it'll probably be in the paper tomorrow!!
    3349 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/24/2011 7:34:39 PM
  • LINDAC75

    YAY for you!! How awesome!! emoticon emoticon
    3349 days ago
    Congratulations! A good time was had by all....including us here that read your blog. 5 biopsies in my lifetime, and still B-9. YEAH! Thank you, on behalf of those who pray for a cure, for your activities of today. You can relax and rest your weary feet now.

    3349 days ago
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    AWESOME job running the whole way!!!! I can't do that yet. I'm a notoriously poor runner. I'm working on it, but it's so hard for me to get endurance. I'm just not built for it.

    You improved your time, too, I see! emoticon

    Can't wait to hear about the next one!
    3349 days ago
    Way to go! It is great to see so many people out there fighting the cause! I have attended the Relay for Life. We have been involved with that race for over 10 years. My son is a cancer survivor and the cause to get everyone cured is so worth. Thanks for sharing your day!
    3349 days ago
    So many people are walking and running for a cure. My granddaughters lost their mother to breast cancer last fall and we are acutely aware of the disease and the fight against it. Thank you for taking part.

    Make it a great weekend.
    3349 days ago
    How fun! I love doing the Race for the Cure in my community an the one just north of us.

    You are so right about it being impossible to get a PR at an event such as this. It is full of runners, walkers, athletes and couch potatoes. I live that inclusiveness about the event but you definitely have to come with a different set of expectations.

    Great job on running the whole thing. I also agree with you about the last mile being the easier one. With these larger events, it's easy NOT to warm up which is a big hindrance. Good job on meeting your goal.

    And now for the NEXT one!!!!
    3349 days ago
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