My running journey inspired by my reason.
Erika, thank you for your continued support. You are really an inspiration to me. Today I ran in my first 5k. It was for the Friends of CARRA which stand for Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance. This was not a big organized race. It was organized by Damon with family and friends who wanted to register and support this great cause. We had around 15 people and we began our run at Every Day is a Donut Day. A 1 mile route was mapped out for walkers and then the 5k (which I think is 3.1 miles) was mapped out for runners. The route brought us back around and the finish line was at the donut shop. I started my journey with walking to help warm the legs and got to chat for a few minutes with my friends and Mason. Once I felt ready I began the run. I was far behind all the runners but that was ok. I wasn't in this to race against them. I was in this to prove to myself that I could do it. The route was a lot more uphill than what I am used to so naturally it was hard for me. As I came off the hills I started passing all the other runners who had turned around and were on their way back to the finish line. I got a lot of high fives. Once I was turned around and was headed back to the finish spot I could see some of the other runners up ahead. I kept thinking that I might be able to catch up and I really tried. As I was on the last stretch of the run some of my friends came back to join me and encourage me into the finish line. In the end I placed last. It took me 39 minutes. I am happy with that because I know that I at least placed something. And really that is the best way to get all the Cheers! All in all it was a great time with great family and friends for a great cause and I am Happy!