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Running the Komen

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Last year I ran my first 5K - the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in memory of Elaine and in honor of my mother and my friend Pam. Didn't do too badly (especially since I had been able to run 3 miles for only 2 or 3 weeks!) - I finished in the top half of the field.

This year I came in 711 out of 3070 with a time of 28:46. But, this year was mentally and emotionally draining, probably as hard as 2006 (the year I lost my friend to breast cancer). Each year, I have had friends to walk with me at the event, keeping me distracted and upbeat.

This year I was alone.

Members of the dance troupe usually form a team. However, a number of the ladies had purchased tickets to see the Bellydance Superstars in Newberry, SC, and others had purchased tickets to see Beats Antique performing locally the night before. Only 2 signed up to do the Race with me - and both had to back out at the last minute due to health issues (broken toe and pneumonia). I headed to the event solo.

I managed to hold myself pretty much together. Just a few tears were shed - and not all of them were for me. One elderly lady shuffled along with "In celebration of my daughter". I saw a gentleman who looked to be in his early 60s with "In memory of my daughter" on his shirt. In memory? She must have been young when she passed. A chemo-pale survivor wearing a scarf to cover her head told her daughter yes, she did have the strength to walk the course.

So, I ran. I even held myself together to stay for the awards - someone has to clap! And, I was glad that I did not decide to pull the covers over my head that morning and hide.
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    I use to walk the race, and I wore on my t-shirt, " my Auntie" , who i still miss very much, she was the family 's version of Joan Collins, she was married 3x , and when asked " she kept upgrading because the rocks became nicer" lol. Its such a bittersweet experience for me, yes -she was brave, yes - she lost the 2nd fight. And then i get VERY mad, that STILL, women are dying ! Giving u points gf ! emoticon
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    3723 days ago
    Good for you! I have to learn from you not to hide. I hope to be stronger soon like you! emoticon emoticon
    3751 days ago
    That is awesome! It's hard to do things alone sometimes, but I believe that when we do it only makes us stronger. I have not lost anyone to breast cancer but I do have a couple friends who are survivors, and I walk in the Race for the Cure (it's only been in my area for 2 years now) but next year I want to run it.

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    Fantastic time -28 minutes! I had a similar experience when I ran for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - I swear all those names on my shirt kept me moving.
    3753 days ago
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