On Saturday, May 5, 2012, I participated in the Sprint for Life 5K under Team Teapot for MD Anderson in an effort to raise money for Ovarian Cancer. This event really meant something to me for 2 reasons:
- I was running in honor of MaloRee and BranDee Allen. They lost their mom to this disease and couldn't be here for this event. I took their place to run with their other sister, MegGan.
- This particular 5K started the whole, "I'm training for a half marathon and then writing a blog about it" thing for me 2 years ago. I did sign up for the Chevron 5K a couple of months prior, but that was just to run in a 5K for nothing other than to see if I could do it (didn't do it, foot surgery). See my posts here and here.
Anyhoo, on to the race. We got up really really early (Kate much more than me since she lives in the sticks). If I was at normal capacity like last year, I would have walked up to the event (2-3 miles away), but there was no way that I could do it. The event organization and information was not great. They sent out a pdf, but didn't inform us that it was NOT at MD Anderson; it was across the street. Naturally, we parked far away providing us with a good warmup. We found Team Teapot hanging by the balloons although we left them to go pick up our packets.
|Kate and I in our standard before shot.|
|Kate made the mistake of eating a free kolache. She should have seen that I didn't, but I wasn't going to tell her. Actually, I just wasn't hungry since I ate oatmeal before we left.|
When we got back to the group, we took pictures with our cool new shirts that were made.
|Team Teapot in our new awesome shirts.|
|Kate and I can't NOT be goofy|
|Waiting on the race to start.|
|It's getting packed all around us.|
|I love that I'm so close to my house.|
|Kate begging the Gods to let her stop.|
|Look closely, I'm running backwards.|
|A lady thought we should have our picture taken together during the race.|
|At one point, she poured water all over her head.|
We got to the last turn in to the final stretch and I had to stop to take this lady's picture.
|What an awesome shirt.|
And then it was the final stretch. I got in to pure motivation mode to keep her going. People on the sidelines were cheering us on. It was 40 ft, then 30 ft, and then I had her pick up the pace. We crossed the finish line at 43 minutes. I high-fived Kate and then we waited for the others (okay, Kate was dying on the side looking like she just gave birth), while I high-fived strangers until the rest of Teampot crossed.
|What a drama queen.|
|Keith and David waiting for MegGan to cross.|
|We finished. So very proud of Kate.|
|MegGan and other Team Teapot member (didn't get her name) crossing the finish line.|
|Now, everyone say Ahhhhh.|
|Team Teapot at the finish line.|
Next race for me is a 2012 goal for me...the infamous El Chupacabra race this Saturday. Somehow, I need to run 6 miles between now and then. EEK!
On a side note, I've lost a total of 6lbs.
|We saw this gazebo on our walk back to the car and we couldn't resist.|
|Yeah, I'm rocking it.|
|Picture 56 of 60 in this style. For some reason, I couldn't get it right and this was the best one.|
|This was a Chinese food truck called Happy Endings. Yeah, we thought it was funny, too.|