Monday, August 24, 2015

Colors of Courage 5k: I Survived

I'm not really sure why I was so worried about this race. I have participated in several 5ks and even ran cross country in high school. But, lately I have been feeling particularly out of shape and just blah. Using the Couch 25k app did help me a lot even if I only made it through 4 weeks of the 8 week program (highly recommend). BUT I survived and actually did better than I thought! Thank you all for your encouragement last week it was appreciated!

This is a shot of our group before the race. 

All families have been affected in one way or another by cancer. However, it seems mine has been hit especially hard. Within a 3 year period of time my mom's sister and brother both died from pancreatic and colon cancer. My dad was also diagnosed with prostate cancer (luckily is doing very well). The death of my aunt was very hard because my sister and I were extremely close to her. We ran this race in memory of her and pancreatic cancer awareness.  

It was so humbling to see all the people gathered at the race. Some were bald and fighting their own battles, some celebrating their victories, others grieving their losses--but all there advocating for the same cause. I was very proud of my own mom for participating in the race in memory of her sister. At 60 with rheumatoid arthritis and post knee replacement she finished in under an hour and beat lots of people half her age! 

My goal was to just run at a slow and steady pace for as long as I could and then take short walking breaks. I probably stopped around 4-5 times and ended up finishing in 34 minutes. But whoever thought it was a good idea to take photos of me running (and post them on Facebook) was dead wrong. Nobody looks good running! So laugh away but notice I'm in front of this dude :)

I was very pleased with that and think I'm going to keep on with the Couch25k app and try to make running a part of my exercise routine.

To all my runners out there--what's your routine? How do you stay motivated?



17 comments:

  1. Good job! My goal on my last 5k was just to not stop once and I was able to do that! Even with stopping you still beat me!

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  2. Good job! What a meaningful race--so glad you were al able to do it together!

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  3. Congrats on completing the 5k!! I love running though Ive neglected it lately. I hope to make it a regular part of my routine again soon!

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  4. So inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing this! I am a cancer survivor and did a race to support the cause a couple of years ago. I always joked that the t-shirt should say "I survived the cancer but the running killed me." I'm not much of a runner, but what a great way to give back.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  5. Good for you! Glad you enjoyed your 5K and I'm so glad your family did this together to support a cause that has affected you all so much!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  6. Awesome job girl and for such a great cause! :)

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  7. congrats on the race - 34 minutes is awesome. I don't think I could do it in that time. I am going to have to look into that app.

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  8. Congratulations! My first 5K (many years ago)was FORTY-TWO minutes! Good luck!

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  9. Way to go, Brittany! Accomplishing any race is quite the achievement :)

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  10. Yay! Congrats! I once ran a marathon and I haven't really ran seriously since. I should download that app.
    Trish - tales from trish

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  11. Good for you girl; what a great thing you did to show your support. I've done cancer walks and the like and they are so touching, it's hard to put into words the experience.

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  12. I am certainly not a "runner," but am currently training for my first half marathon. The things that have been KEY for me are to have a running buddy (accountability!) and to stay active even on my rest days (going for a walk, lifting small weights, etc.). Making activity part of my every day has started to become habit! WAY TO GO on your 5k!

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  13. Great job! I stay motivated by continuing to sign up for races. I'm terrible about training, but I'm trying to get better!

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