As I mentioned yesterday, this weekend was the Race for the Cure in DC. As always, the Susan G. Komen foundation put on a great event, and the weather made for an awesome race day! This was the first year I have done a global Komen race, as I have only ever done the Mother’s Day Komen 5k in Pittsburgh. It was pretty awesome to see runners and walkers from all over the world!
Here’s a little recap!
After a 5:30 wake up call, my sister, Travis, and I headed to the metro in order to get to the race! My number one supporter came along for a fun filled day!
We made it to the Washington Monument close to 7 a.m., just in time to see the hoards of breast cancer survivors and supporters. At this point, I was still undecided as to whether I wanted to walk or run the race. I had yet to run more than 2 miles since beginning physical therapy back in February.
Around 7:30, the festivities began. There was an amazing violinist who played the National Anthem, and then a parade of breast cancer survivors walked out for all to see. They are so inspiring, whether they realize it or not! It was at about that time that I decided I would run the event, at least for as long as I could.
Around 7:50, my sister and I said goodbye to Travis and walked to the race start for runners, as they left before the walkers did. And shortly after 8, we were off!
I felt really good for the first mile. It wasn’t until about 2 miles in that I felt like I was going to die (haha, which is bad for someone who used to run a lot more on a daily basis…), and I slowed my pace down a little bit.
In the end, I finished in 29:45, and according to my Garmin, it was 3.15 miles. There was a LOT of swerving and dodging people throughout the event. I’m ok with it. There’s something about running with tens of thousands of people dressed just like you that gives you a little boost of happiness.
Nice and sweaty post race…woot woot! There was a great assortment of post race foods including fruit, fruit snacks, granola bars, pretzels, and plenty of hydration.
I loved this pink globe with the flags from countries represented at the Global Race! So awesome!
And Travis said I looked like a crazy cat lady after the race, but I don’t care! I have a Warrior in Pink scarf from every one of the races since they started the scarves, and I couldn’t pass up getting mine this year!
Beautiful morning, and great race! Thanks so much to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for putting on a great event (even with crazy storms on Friday evening!…somehow the ground wasn’t soaked?!).