Once again, this year I ran the Race for the Cure. My friends opted out of doing it, so my family came with me to be my cheering section. It was pouring down rain and we were all soaked to the bone by the end. My time was a little worse than last year, 33:40, but I haven't been running regularly like last year. It's not about the time, it's about doing it. I did it. I ran for hope.
After the race, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take my kids to my favorite restaurant. This was their first tommy's experience! They each got tommy's famous milkshakes and got to try my pumpkin pie milkshake. They can't wait to go back!
The Color Run. "The Happiest 5K on the Planet" . It was on my Bucket List. This Saturday, I got to check it off. We rocked Cleveland. We ran, laughed, and got dirty. I mean, my armpits are still stained blue, dirty. We skipped the Zumba, but sang along with Carly Rae Jepsen. If you're a serious runner, this is probably not the run for you. In fact, most people walked it. It wasn't timed. There were no prizes , other than massive amounts of color. People really were happy. I think the most annoyed person there was my friend for making her run with me (you know you love me though, [C])! After, we got to hit Tommy's, which is always a special treat now that we live so far away. Are we doing it again? Definitely!
We're coming off of a party weekend. Now, when I say party weekend, I don't just mean a birthday party one day. I mean a weekend filled with fun, not every weekend, activities. This weekend we had the kids' joint birthday party. It started out with Grandpa and Grammy coming in from Illinois. It was awesome. My kids love them so much! When they are here, they are all about the kids. Monster and I had the annual fun run to do Friday evening. Everyone met us at the finish line. It was huge for Monster to have the support. We shaved time off of last year, too. Sunshine really wants to run it next year with us. Not sure if my back can handle two kids pulling on my arms, but we will most definitely try it!
Saturday, Grammy came to Sunshine's soccer. Poor Grammy couldn't even curb Sunshine's not-so-sunny disposition that morning. From there, there was bike riding, playgrounds, baseball and a cookout. It was such beautiful weather, too. Sunny and warm. Perfect for everything outdoors! I really wish I would have gotten pictures of everyone playing baseball. That was probably the kids' favorite part of Saturday. Monster was hitting pitches out of the park and Sunshine was using her tee like a champ.
Sunday was the actual birthday party! Again, beautiful day for being outside! There was more baseball and soccer. All the family was there to celebrate. The kids had a blast! It was a fantastic way to celebrate birthdays!
My first 5K that I ran the whole way is down. It was an amazing event. The amount of people and energy is like nothing I've ever seen. I've walked 5K's before, but never one of this magnitude. I am honored that I was able to be part of such an incredible event. I am also honored that was able to do this with three of the most amazing women I know. Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause. Thank you for donating hope.
It is no secret that I hate running. I find it to be a form of self torture. Yet, for the past 3 months, I've been training to run the Race for the Cure. Why? Because I believe in it. No matter how much I hate running, I hate cancer more. So, I'm running. I'm running for my mom. I'm running for my two aunts. I'm running for my mother-in-law. I'm running for a friend's good friend, Megan. I'm running with the belief that more lives will be saved than lost. I'm running for hope. If you are interested in supporting the cause, please check out my sponsor page at http://neohio.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/CLE_NortheastOhioAffiliate?px=13251749&pg=personal&fr_id=2549