As I mentioned in my previous post, I have really enjoyed some of the non-running benefits of training; the scenery, the company and listening to music. I have also really enjoyed the running itself. It has been great to kick-start my fitness routine and like many runners will tell you, it is almost meditative. Most of my training has been good but I did have a minor setback last week that got me worried. It wasn't an injury or anything to really be concerned with but it shook me as we are very close to race day.
|Out for a run to prepare for the race|
My normal Friday morning running group wasn't able to go for different reasons so I took the opportunity to run with another friend in the afternoon. She's training for a marathon and a WAY better runner than me but we've run together many times and I've always been able to keep up (mostly). Well this run was terrible. Within 5 minutes of starting I was needing to walk. I had to walk at least 4 or 5 times in the 6 kms we did. I felt awful, my legs felt like lead and worst of all, I felt defeated.
I didn't feel great all weekend and am only now getting my full energy back. I think I had a bit of a bug. Although I worried that I wouldn't have the energy to make it through the 5 km this weekend I am back on track and raring to go. I also know that the spirit and energy of the event will carry me through even if I'm not feeling 100%.
|Hoping to see these guys at the CIBC Run for the Cure this Sunday!|
Fundraising has also allowed us to connect with our neighbours. You may remember that my kids came up with some creative fundraising ideas instead of just asking people to donate. Well, they inspired one family in our neighbourhood to get involved too. A few hours after we left their house they set up a lemonade stand with all proceeds going to the CIBC Run for the Cure. Originally they were hoping to join our team but a prior commitment this coming Sunday didn't allow it. Still, they had their lemonade sale and donated the $30 they raised to Team Run DMC! I love how positive energy and charity can spread like wildfire. Next year they will be running with us for sure.
|Who could resist? A neighbour selling lemonade "for the Cure".|
My team has reached our collective goal and I have far exceeded my personal goal due to the generosity of friends and family.
That being said, there is still time for more fundraising and we plan on attacking that this weekend. A local restaurant (the one where my daughter first sold her bracelets) invited my kids to come back this Saturday and set up a table to sell their bracelets. They are even providing gift cards and free kids meal vouchers to help encourage people to donate. My kids are so excited about the prospect of raising more money for the CIBC Run for the Cure.
Run DMC is 11 members strong! Most of us are first time participants and eager to show our support. We've got our Team T-shirts ordered, we're planning some pink accessories and everyone has been training in their own way. My kids have participated in the kilometer club during recess at school to prepare, another team member was running the beach while vacationing in Mexico. You know my routine. Our team is spread out so we're really looking forward to coming together on Sunday and doing this together!
One of the most unexpected and positive things that has come from training and fundraising for the CIBC Run for the Cure has been friendships I've made and personal stories that have touched me to the core. I met a new friend online, a woman who is battling not only breast cancer but also pancreatic cancer. Through her I have learned about radiation, mapping (tiny tattoos on her belly to ensure her radiation hits the right spots), family histories of cancer and most of all strength, determination and the importance of positive thinking and good friends you can rely on. She is truly an inspiration to me.
I also learned that my son's grade 1 teacher is a breast cancer survivor. She not only survived but went on to beat the odds by having three children after a mastectomy, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation and a year-long regimen of the strong breast tumour-fighting drug Tamoxifen. There are miracles to believe in!
I feel blessed every day that breast cancer is not a fight that I am battling personally. I truly believe that the hard work, commitment and fundraising done through events such as the CIBC Run for the Cure will make a difference so that my daughter and future generations will grow up without the fear of breast cancer.
I know that I am setting a good example for my children and together we are learning about charity and empathy. We are having conversations about a scary topic in a non-threatening environment. It is bringing us closer and providing us a goal to work towards as a family. This is a real blessing.
There is still time to get involved. You can participate, donate, or volunteer. Join the conversation on Twitter or follow The Run for the Cure on Facebook to learn more. I can't wait to share stories from the day itself and who knows, maybe I'll even see you there!
This post was generously sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but the opinions are my own. For more information visit www.runforthecure.com.