||[Sep. 30th, 2007|07:44 pm]
Just returned from Portland after participating in the LiveStrong Challenge....and what an incredible experience. My team, 4forDiane was able to raise over $10,000. We were qualified for a dinner the night before to hear Lance Armstrong, and other incredibly motivating people speak (one being a boy who turned 15 three days ago, and reduced EVERYONE to tears. He is a cancer survivor, and finished his last round of chemo this year. He helped raise over $30,000 this year. He talked about his experience battling cancer, which was incredibly emotional as is. But then he called his younger sister up to the podium, and told her that she deserves the honors, because for the past few years all of the attention has been on him, and she's always been incredibly supportive and never complaining, and how much he loves having her as a sister. Well, i'm sure i didn't do his speech justice, but I think that was the jist of it). |
Today was the race. Stace and Ryan were doing the 40 mile bike ride, and Dustin and I were doing the 5K. We left the hotel at 6 am. It was pouring rain. Stace and Ryan started at 8. Still raining. Dustin and I started at 9. Still raining. =)
While waiting to start the run, I was watching the big jumbotron where they display pictures of people who have passed away from cancer, and there was a picture of my mom! Turns out Ryan had submitted her picture, and it just so happened that about 3 minutes before the race started, my moms picture showed up.
Can't quite describe how i felt....but i knew that mom was there with us, cheering us on, proud of what we were doing.
I had two goals, my first was to be able to run continuously for the entire 5K. my 2nd was to run it under 45 minutes. I am pleased to announce that i accomplished both goals. I ran the 5K in 30 minutes and 45 seconds. =)
This was an incredible experience, and one that I won't forget.