As I wrote a few days ago, this past Saturday, May 7th, I ran in the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure!
In my previous post, I noted the myriad of reasons that I love the Race for the Cure and Saturday did not disappoint. This was my fifth Atlanta Race for the Cure and my seventh Race overall, and to me, it was the best one yet! From spending time with my Team Twitter teammates to FINALLY running the whole darn race to our post-race team brunch, the whole morning was just PERFECT.
One of the things that made this year’s Race so great was the team that I was a part of. In the past I have walked/run with either my husband or a handful of friends. But other than when my whole family got together for the CNY Race for the Cure back in 2007, I haven’t really had a big team to experience the event with. Over the past year, I have had the pleasure to get to know a lot of my fellow passionate breast cancer advocates across the country, first through social media and then in person. As you could maybe glean from my blog, our group of charity walkers/runners here in the south east has been particularly active, getting together for training walks, fundraisers and sometimes, just for lunch. As many of us have participated in the Race for the Cure in the past, we decided that it was only fitting that this year, we band together and form our own team, Team Twitter!
My good friend Julie (or @knittingbagel, as she is known on Twitter) set up our team and served as Team Captain. Ultimately, we ended up with twelve team members, including eight 3 Day walkers (one of whom was pregnant!), two significant others, one mom and even Julie’s five year old daughter (affectionately known online as “Niblette”) who was a part of the Kids for the Cure portion of the event. Julie and I ran in the 5K with my husband Mike, a few of our out of town teammates opted to “sleep in for the cure” and the rest of our team walked in the one mile event. It was great to see everyone participating at the level that was right for them. We all cheered each other on and had a really great time.
Team Twitter was also very lucky to be sponsored this year by another member of the 3 Day Tweeps, Laura Davis (or @ldavis1800). Laura owns and operates the New Discoveries shop in Chicago, IL and was very generous in providing our team shirts for the Race this year. You can (and absolutely should!) check out Laura’s online shop at www.shopnewdiscoveries.com. She sells some absolutely beautiful things from new artists that are well worth your time to browse through. Julie designed our “Pink Warrior Twitter Bird” logo (a variant of our cheerful 3 Day Tweeps Twitter Bird mascot), which we all proudly wore for the race. The shirts are really fantastic and we could not have gotten them without Laura’s support!
As far as the race itself, I made pretty decent time. Because there were no digital timing tags, I used the CardioTrainer app on my phone to track my time, which ultimately came out to 33 minutes, 26 seconds. However, when you are racing with 18,000 people, most of whom are perfectly happy to just mosey along the route, you can’t really get a good stride or rhythm going for at least the first half mile to a mile. I also know I started the app before I actually got to the starting line. So I figure I can scratch a few minutes off of my recorded time, making my actual race time closer to what I ran in the Atlanta Women’s 5K, which was 31 minutes, 22 seconds. The most important thing is that I ran the whole race (for the first time in three attempts at the Race for the Cure and for the second race in a row!), the race itself felt pretty easy to get through and I had fun doing it. I am calling the whole thing a victory for me.
Post race photos with Julie (left) and Mike (right)
All in all, it was a really great morning. I got to see my 3 Day buddies again, I met some of the Komen Atlanta volunteers that I’ve been communicating with through Twitter and email, I had a great race and we wrapped the whole thing up with a fantastic post race team brunch at West Egg Cafe. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. What an excellent way to start the weekend!
If you would like to make a donation to Komen Atlanta in support of me or any of my Team Twitter teammates, it is not too late! We can and will be taking donations through May 31st. You can find our Team Twitter team page here and you can find my personal page here. Just as a reminder – Julie, Mike and I will be running in the Warrior Dash next weekend, as the second part of our personal “Pink Warrior Challenge”. As we put ourselves through this test of our pink warrior-ness, we would love to have your support! While we may be running to prove our mettle, millions of women, including my own mom, face a much greater test every day as they battle breast cancer. Please consider making a donation today in support of all of the true pink warriors out there!
You can view all of my pictures in the Picasa slideshow below or by clicking over to the Photo Gallery page for this event, here.