Race for the Cure 2011

Race for the Cure 2011

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone who supported me in my fundraising goals for Race for the Cure.  With your help, I was able to raise $155 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, more than my goal!  Simply amazing!

As for the race itself, it was great for so many reasons!  One of them being that I signed up for the competitive 5K.  What this means, is that since there are approximately 45,000 women that participate in this event (the third largest in the world) it is quite difficult to actually run it (as I found out last year), so a few years ago the race organizers decided to add the competitive runners corral.  We have a separate start time and we all get timing chips, but you are asked to be able to run a 27 minute 5K.  I’m always on the cusp of this time and I also fluctuate, which is why I need some encouragement that I would be fine to run it.  So, after some encouragement from my running girlfriends, I signed up for it.

Another thing that made this event unique for me was that my mom came!  She lives near Safety Harbor, FL and hasn’t visited me since I moved to Arkansas at the end of 2009, so it was long over due, but since Mary Lou (one of the ladies I ran for) was her closest friend I thought it would be appropriate to have her here.  My mom was also able to enjoy the festivities and helping out along with the Go! Go! Girls…which brings me to another thing that made this event so much fun.

Last year when I ran this event, I came by myself and ran by myself.  I enjoyed the event, but I really just wanted someone to enjoy it with.  So, it was so great to have the Go! Go! Girls there.  My mom and I came early so that we could find a parking spot, but also so we could help out with the set up of the competitive running corral which was sponsored by Go! Running.  We also helped hand out Go! Running stickers and balloons which was a lot of fun.  In addition, I ended up running the event with my friend, Jamie.  We cheered, we danced, we laughed and we screamed the whole 3.1 miles.

My time was 27:43, which qualified me for a medal (only the top 300 finishers get one).  It was a great race, for a great cause.

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