5k Morning

Andrei Marks · April 17, 2010

Breast Cancer Run Course

Yay!  Ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Breast cancer) 5k today!  This was my first time running in an organized event since high school.  It was pretty fun.  Beautiful sunny day, a little brisk at 40 degrees, and despite not having run for two weeks due to commuting and school, I managed to run it all the way through.  Although there was something digging into my sole and my kneecap started hurting about two miles into it.  I will probably be feeling that tomorrow.  But hey, at least I’m young enough to be able to pick up where I left off after two weeks!  I don’t imagine I’ll be able to do that down the line.

Sorry about the lack of pictures, the only thing we carried on ourselves was our apartment key.  I did manage to score a t-shirt (albeit not a free-shirt) and a free key chain.  Here’s Bunny not-modeling it.  A solid design, I think it looks like a viral capsid, however.

Otherwise, the participation was pretty impressive.  Their official blog says that there were a little over 40,000 people there, and it felt like it.  Well…I don’t think I could have looked at the crowd and estimated tens of thousands of people.  I would at most have said thousands.  Perhaps our brains aren’t wired to take in a crowd of that number milling around and make an accurate estimate.  You can only fit so many people in your field of vision when everyone’s spread out on a flat surface.  There were three courses: a competitive run, a participant run/walk, and a family 1m walk.  Bunny and I did the participant one (we were on a team, the Herceptin Heroes, set up by one of her classmates), but we lined up way back in the crowd behind starting line.  By the time we had enough space to jog, maybe half a mile down the course, it took us until the second mile marker to actually get past the front of the walkers.

Everybody there seemed to be in a great mood, and there was only one proselytizing wackjob with a megaphone around the 1.5 mile mark.  And a guy handing out tricky Jesus flyers after the finish line. Haha, but I suppose being really tedious and annoying is part of the job description for a biblical prophet.  If you can’t convince them, wear them down until they give in just to make you shut up. Most children have that figured out.

Since I’ll be in Bloomington this summer and only pseudo-working, I’ll be able to get back in shape and run in some other races, and I am so looking forward to it!  But for now I’ve got to get through next week.

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