Monday, March 11, 2013

Inspirational Run

A few days ago, I ran in an awesome 10k.
It was cold. And rainy.
But.
It was a great run!

The race raised money for children's cancer research. There was a 5k, 10k, and a survivor's walk.
There were many inspiring people there...
Like the woman walking the 5k with one leg. She walked the entire 3.2 miles with one leg and crutches.
And the little boy who blew the horn for the start of the 10k. He has been fighting cancer for 11 months. And...
He's Cade's age.

There were several others...with signs or wearing t-shirts in honor of a child.

I knew no one. I was running the race...to run the race.
Mr. C didn't quite get it.

Mr. C - "I don't get it. You're just going by yourself? Paying to run?"
Me - "yes. I prefer to run alone. And, the minimal fee goes to a good cause."
Mr. C - "what do you mean alone? You will be with tons of other runners."
Me - "yeah...but, I don't know anyone. I don't have to talk...I don't have to worry about staying in pace with anyone. I can just do my thing. Plus, you know I'm competitive...so, I will be pushed to run faster."
Mr. C - "ok. I guess I get it."

And run faster I did. I finished the 6.2 miles in under 50 minutes...about an eight minute mile.
(Which, is awesome for me!)

I loved the entire morning. The volunteers who stood on the sidelines with signs and cheered everyone on made me smile. Seeing the cancer survivors and kids made me cry. And feeling my heart and lungs pump...and the adrenaline rush through my body made me feel blissfully happy and incredibly grateful.
We are lucky to have healthy bodies...it is foolish not to take care of them.