A Surprise Half Marathon

Part 1

(As I think I might have a lot to say:)

Last week I was taking about my upcoming run schedule.   I said that I had 13 to do on Sunday.   Some friends said that I should come to the city (NYC) and run with them in a half marathon they were doing.    I thought about it for like 2 seconds and thought it was a great idea.   Of course, just because I thought it was a great idea didn’t mean that it was going to happen.  I do have some people that I need to take care of.   So as always with the life of a Mama runner, I had to do some scheduling.   It was down to the wire, but it all worked out.    While I was waiting for the scheduling to fall into place, I wasted no time in getting ready for the race.

The race was the Memorial Sloan Kettering Grete’s Great Gallop to raise money for Cancer Research.   On the back of the Tech shirts given out:

Imagine A World Without Cancer


We all decided that this was not going to be a run for time.   This was just a training run for me and the other two ladies were not running for time anyway.    Now since it was going to be a fun run,  we thought we would take it up a notch and run in tutus!   Now, some love the idea.   Some hate it.   I am in a group that  think it is fabulous!!   Unless you are a competitive runner, my question is; “Why Not?”    Life is to short and complicated not to have fun when you can.   We decided that we would do pink.  Unless you live under a rock, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is perfect.   Plus, I have a dear friend who is just starting her Chemo for her breast cancer.   I’ve actually been doing all my Charity Mile runs in her honer using Stand Up To Cancer. (If you don’t use that app, you should).   I even bought my friend her own tutu and you may see us around town in them.  One never knows.

 Did we look Fabulous?


Of course!

We finished in style too


Am I happy?

You bet!

What made it so wonderful  is when it was all over with and we were recovering from the run, A couple in boas came up to us.   They wanted to take a picture with us.   At first we thought it was just because they were being silly, but then the woman went onto say that she is from Canada and a 5 year Breast Cancer Survivor.

As the saying goes,

That’s what it’s all about!

She summed it up:



Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow with more race thoughts and racing in the City for the first time!

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