Monday, September 30, 2013

Racing for a Different Reason

Over the years, I've participated in numerous 5k races. I must admit, I am pretty competitive when it comes to these races too. For a couple years, I had never placed below second in any of these races. Granted, I wasn't exactly racing against the Boston Marathon big wig runners, but for a girl who was only an average runner in high school, it was something to be proud of. Among my favorite races has been those designated for a cause. I've participated in quite a few cancer awareness type races.

However, it wasn't until this past July that I realized how different of a meaning these races would soon have. Unexpectedly, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. With no family history, you could say I was a bit shocked.

 How could my mom, my best friend, a healthy woman be diagnosed with cancer?

Over the years, I often either have had one of two ways to cope with personal problems: 1.) Cry...a lot or 2.) Run...a lot. So after I found out about the diagnosis, I did just that. I cried...a lot. But then I went for a run. I can honestly say that I have never run that long so easily before. Each mile felt like the load I was bearing had become that much lighter. I kept thinking, "My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer, I'm pretty sure another mile is nothing in comparison."

When I heard of the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure this fall, I knew I had to take part. While races in the past have been mostly for personal achievements, this time, I ran for my mom. 

In the process, I also made my first television debut. I couldn't be happier that I was able to show my love for my mom on the newscast.

KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

I want to encourage you all to take part in a 5k walk/run for something you truly feel passionate about. Don't worry about your time. Don't worry about your placing. Simply engage yourself in doing something worthwhile for others.

Love you, mom!

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