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?