Posts Tagged ‘Susan G. Komen’
If you have been following for a while, you know I have a love and appreciation for Susan G. Komen and all of the events that they put on, specifically the Race For The Cure 5K events that they host nationwide.
And this past weekend was the Akron Race For The Cure. This was my 2nd time running this race in Akron (last year was my first year in Akron and the year before I was in Cleveland and then Cleveland before then again) and it was even better than it was for its first year last year. More people. More support. More attention. More love. Just more of a good thing.
This is the race every year that I consider to be like my race. It’s the race where I try to get low numbers. Where I try to run faster and harder than I have the race before. It’s the race where I literally say out loud to myself “this is your race Jaci, get it” and this year… I GOT IT!
I hit my 5K PR yesterday with a finish of 28:19. Some of you fast runners out there are probably saying what, is this girl crazy I can run that in my sleep at that pace but trust me for me this was a feat. I’ve been doing 5K races now for 2 years and I finally got it so now I have a new goal and that is to finish under 28. I suppose one good thing about starting at a slower speed is that you can only get faster! But I am super proud of myself and feel like I pushed my body to do more. To be better. And I just like how that feels.
PLUS PLUS this year we had 2 runners that were BRAND NEW to races and this was their very first 5K. My aunt-in-law Chris (is that a thing?) and a friend and fellow crossfitter Brenda. They both did AMAZING and finished strong and felt great afterward. There is nothing more inspiring in my mind than to see people taking themselves to the next level and accomplishing something new. The amount of pride and self-worth that you can see in someone’s eyes when this happens… well it is just priceless.
PLUS PLUS PLUS my mom also ran this race! Any race that I get to run with my mom is a real treat for me. We have lots in common but this is one of my favorite things that we have in common because I feel like it just pushes us both to do something outside of our comfort zone which just brings us closer to together and honestly I think shows our strength as individuals and women.
That came out a lot deeper than I thought it would. Thought of the day I guess!
So between it being one of my favorite races, hitting a PR, AND running with not only my mom but two beautiful and inspiring women, it does without saying but it was truly a GREAT day.
So tell me this,
Who is your favorite running buddy?? Doesn’t have to be human! Leave me a comment and tell me below!
Enjoy some photos of our great day below!
Lots of fun stuff has been going on recently! One of which was me running the Cleveland Rite Aid 10K.
If I am being 100% honest I was actually registered for this race as a half marathon runner so while I am a little disappointed that i let my training fall just a bit behind where it should be I was glad to at least show up and run 6.2 miles! So while the half marathon didn’t happen (I WILL get one in this year still) I was able to not only run with my running buddy Shelly, I also talked my mom into running it as well only 4 days before the actual event!
Yep, talk about preparing for a 10K in 4 days. Whoa. She is amazing and a true example of the fact that setting your mind to something truly does set you up to be achieve to achieve anything. Plus, there is nothing better than having a mother daughter before the race.
But I suppose the after run beer moment is probably a close second.
Shelly and I sought out to finish the race in 65 minutes or less and coming in at 1:03 we just made it! As far as my review of this race, it was a decent one. The course itself was actually a little tougher than I thought it would be… I had heard that Cleveland hosts some of the flattest races in Ohio (but I heard the Columbus half is an awesome one) and while I wasn’t surprised because the Komen Race for the Cure race typically has a hill or too there were some killer challenging moments in this race. What I liked about it was that even though it was smaller (or felt smaller) than Akron the finish was huge. They did a great job and even called out people’s names as they crossed the finish line which I think is a nice touch. I enjoyed this race and would absolutely consider doing it again- well I would try to step it up to the half. Shelly and I were very consistent through the entire race and we laughed afterward when we both agreed that there were moments when we wanted to quit but didn’t want to let the other one down… probably the best thing about having a running partner is constant encouragement and a drive to just keep going for your partner and yourself.
My mom did a fabulous job and finished at 1:14… well under her 1:20 goal. This was not only her first 10K race but her first time running 6 miles! I was so inspired by her commitment to herself and to challenging herself. While she is the most talented personal fitness instructor I know, running her a challenge for her as it was (and still is!) for me so to see her achieve something so amazing really inspired me to keep going.. to keep pushing… and to keep challenging myself.
Hence the reason I WILL get a half marathon in this year. It is my goal. I will do it.
I was just glad to hang out with some friends and enjoy a race!
Welcome back! Or should I say welcome back to me? I apologize for my absence lately but to be perfectly honest I just haven’t had much to say. I let life totally overwhelm me and the stress of it all took over for some time but I’m back.
And I’m back with some exciting news!
Let the training begin… I am officially registered for the Cleveland Half Marathon (the HALFATHON) in May this year and I have already been out and out at 5:30 AM on Mondays and Wednesday freezing my butt off to get ready. Here is what I have officially deemed by 2013 race schedule..
- Cleveland Rockin’ Marathon Relay: April 27th
- Cleveland Half Marathon: May 19th
- The Color Run: June
- Susan G Komen Akron: July 28th
*I’m even consider the Cleveland Rock n Roll half Marathon on October 5th*
I’m excited to try the Cleveland Half this year since I did Akron’s half last year. The bonus? Cleveland is apparently one of the flattest marathons you can do so that is just fabulous news since my training courses don’t really include very many hills!
And the Susan G Komen is just my annual run that I love love love. I’ve done Akron, Cleveland, and Cleveland again so it’s a race that I hope to continue to do and this year I am gonna train hard and break my record.. I’m gonna finish that baby under 28 minutes.
Someone please don’t let me forget that I said that.
So if anyone is interested in signing up to play with me for any of these events, go ahead! And stay tuned for more post this week include a delicious recipe made with kale, training updates, workouts and some other fun stuff!