Friday, October 8, 2010

10K for Breast Cancer + 5K for Lupus!

Last weekend I participated in two races: 
1.  10K walk for breast cancer on Saturday
2.  5K run for Lupus on Sunday
Both were local, and both were a blast!

My aunt and I signed up to walk the breast cancer 10K walk in Long Beach together.  Since my aunt lives near the start, I woke up and drove to her place around 7:30.  She's only 3 miles away and I was planning on running there, but I didn't hear my alarm go off so I was a little pressed for time once I woke up.  It thunder-stormed the night before and was supposed to again that day, which made for a beautiful sunrise.
When I got to her house, we had enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee together before walking to the start line.  It was the perfect weather for walking.  There was a cloud cover and since the course was along the bay and ocean there was a cool ocean breeze.  It was a little humid, but still pleasant.
We finished in an hour an a half, and just as we did the thunderstorm came back.  We heard the loud cracking of thunder so hustled back to her house before driving to breakfast.  We went to this little cafe around the corner and just as we walked in it started down-pouring!!  We enjoyed watching it while eating our delicious veggie egg scrambles :)
My aunt and I had such a good time together as we always do, and this was the perfect way to start our Saturdays.  The walked raised over $210,000!!  Save the boobies!!

I signed up for the 11th Annual Lupus 5K a while ago and later discovered one of my Twitter friends was running it to!  We decided to meet up and run together.  It was our first time meeting in person, and she is absolutely awesome!  We ran 1.5 miles to the starting line, picked up our Lupus 5K tees that we tucked around our iFitness belts, and lined up at the starting line.  The race was sponsored by CHP, LA County Sherrif's Dept, LAPD, LA Fire Dept, OC Sherrif's Dept, and OC Fire Authority.  Needless to say, we felt very safe if anything was to happen!  There were cops everywhere!!!  There was even an equestrian cop:
And the starting line had flashing lights on it!
The course was ALL rolling hills, and I don't train on all.  But Kristy runs those hills all the time and she kept me going!  She gave me fun pointers on how to better run hills without expending as much energy.  We also talked the whole time, about our jobs, boyfriends, races we've run, races we want to run, our sports teams (she's a Red Sox and Pats's a good thing she's not into basketball otherwise we'd be in trouble...Lakers v. Celtics oh my!)  Haha.
We finished the hilly course in about 35 minutes.
After we crossed the finish line, we ran back the 1.5 miles for a total of 6 miles that morning!  I had a ton of fun and I hope to run more races with Miss Kristy!

This weekend is already here, and it sure is a big one!  With 10-10-10 on Sunday, I want to wish everyone who is racing the Chicago Marathon a happy, safe, and fast race!  Enjoy it and have fun!!!!!



  1. That's so cool that you did that walk with your aunt! I saw all the walkers and volunteer stations as I was running and I cheered them on!

  2. What a great weekend that was! How awesome that you supported both breast cancer and Lupus...good for you!

  3. How do runners take such great pics (& sometimes even video [Glenn]) while running? I am totally consumed with just keeping my feet moving.

  4. Wow, how cool that Kristy ran with you!! :) Isn't Twitter full of amazing people?! That's great!
    Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend!

  5. Thanks guys!! Steena, Kristy is totally awesome! Jay, I have NO idea!! I just snap and go. I haven't yet tried the video, which Glenn is pro at! Maybe I will at Long Beach....