This weekend, my college girlfriends and I signed up to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lombard, IL. This event was special for two reasons:
1. We are all Zeta Tau Alpha alums and Breast Cancer Awareness is our philanthropy. In college, we used to charter a large bus to pick us up in Normal, IL (Illinois State University) and drive us to the Race for the Cure event in Chicago.
2. One of our closest friends had this philanthropy hit home when her mother was diagnosed earlier this summer.
Since it’s not always easy to get all of us in the same place for an extended period of time, we decided to make a ‘weekend’ out of it. My friends and I whom live in the city drove out to the burbs Saturday to hang out with several of our other friends to have a good ol’ fashioned girls sleep over. Wine, cheese and chick flick movies were all involved.
The next morning we were up bright and early to get to the event by 8:00 a.m and to meet Brian who drove up to participate. The race start and finish was located in a mall parking lot, which was really the perfect spot because no one is at the mall at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The lot was full of women and men alike dressed to the nines in full out pink. Pink socks, skirts, homemade pants, boas, ribbons, hats… you name it. There was a large stage where people were dancing and playing music, getting pumped up for the race and lots of vendors there handing out free goodies.
At 8:30 a.m., the race began!
5k’s are really such fun races. It’s a long enough distance to get in a good workout, but not too long where I feel like i’m going to pass out.
A lot of the people racing with me were super friendly, giving each other high-fives and screaming out encouraging mantras. It was an all-around feel good kind of race, especially because you knew that the donations were going towards such a wonderful cause.
The course took us out of the mall parking lot and into the surrounding neighborhood. It was a pretty perfect day to go running except for a few strong gusts of wind here and there. I wasn’t complaining though ;)
I had an awesome time running the race. Surprisingly, the cheese and wine combo from the night before was not hindering my stride and I ended up running a pretty decent race! I didn’t PR my 5k time, but I did place 3rd in my age group which was pretty neat.
Of course, there were really only 50 people in my age group… but I’ll still take it!
After the race, we hung out for a while. Enjoyed roaming the tents eating fresh watermelon, coffee and donuts.
Check out these amazing watermelon carvings! The man who created these did them live so you could watch him make one from start-to-finish.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday. I love my college friends so much and am so glad we continue to stay best friends even though 4 years has already passed since we got to live carelessly at our old stomping grounds.