This weekend, I participated in my very first 5K. It was a very spontaneous decision, and one of the best ones I have made thus far this summer.
I am writing this post with some serious burning in my calves and thighs...and everywhere for that matter. Yesterday, I had a difficult time even walking down the stairs. Gravity did nothing to help the issue. But every bit of pain and discomfort is a constant reminder of the effort of supporting a cause greater than myself.
The 5K was in support of an organization called "Running with the Devils" which supports low income families with members fighting Breast Cancer. I was unable to reach my goal of $250 but if you want to give toward it now, you totally can! Visit www.runningwiththedevils.kintera.org/anastasiajd
I flew solo for this race, and had absolutely no idea what I was doing or even where to go when I arrived. I got there about an hour and a half early and wandered around while setup was just ending. A kind woman graciously offered to pin my number on my shirt, which was much appreciated!
I took my place during the line up! And was on the move at the sound of the gun. I would say the discomfort started setting in right around half a mile (...it's true. I rarely workout). But that discomfort was the most meaningful part of the journey. There were so many participants and volunteers offering so much encouragement! So much so that I decided to really push myself and run the last mile - which was difficult for sure! Knowing that the temporary discomfort is nothing compared to the pain breast cancer fighters and their families endure on a daily basis.
Crossing the finish line nearly brought tears to my eyes. There was so much love at that finish line. So many families hugging, laughing and crying happy tears. It was beautiful.
I do believe this is the beginning of a new hobby! This is something I never realized I would enjoy doing. I plan on doing another 5K with my roommate soon!
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