A sea of women and a few brave men, all in pink, lined up at the start line. Supporters, mostly men, on the sidelines ready to cheer. The gun went and 1232 runners and walkers were off – 5kms through the CBD of Launceston, a fun run in support of finding a cure for breast cancer.
In the sea of pink were women who had survived this terrible disease.
In the sea of pink were women who know the pain of losing someone they love to this terrible disease.
In the sea of pink were 1232 souls putting their best foot forward to show support, to do their bit to raise funds and hopefully find a cure.
I was one of them.
Women’s 5k – Let me tell you about my run!
I go into this run with a heavy heart. I think of my Nanny who lost her battle with breast cancer at 57 in 1977. I think of my Mum who survived (she participated today too). I think of way too many beautiful friends, relatives and acquaintances who have dealt with or who are dealing with it now.
I get a bit choked up.
BUT time to yank up my long pink socks and be a big girl and run!
For the first time ever I didn’t look at my pace once. That’s not once at all. I made sure I was running at such a pace that made me gasp for breath. I was firing. I ran and I ran and I ran. I kept going as fast as I could all the way – I found my inner Gingerbread Girl! Just at the 3.5km mark-ish I felt myself slow up a bit so I pushed myself and started to pass even more runners.
I told myself that on the corner before the last straight home was a magic go fast button. I pressed that button and tried to go faster. The finish is in sight, just 400m to go and Bruce calls out Come on Annie, lift your knees and lengthen your stride (or something like that) and I did – I sprinted off!
Today I can honestly say I pulled out the throttle and ran as fast as I could, running to feel and not by looking at the numbers on my watch. Time? 27:05 officially. 27s???? I was initially disappointed because I honestly felt like I’d put in so much effort! But on reflection I’m pleased. Not a PB and yesterday I ran parkrun in 26:34, but my very best effort on the day. My place today? 108th out of 1232 runners and walkers – have to be happy with that!
And as for my beautiful running buddies Louise and Janette? Oh My Goodness! Louise came in 38th place and Janette in 66th! And yet these speedy ladies run with me so often despite the fact that they can pull out the stops and fly.
What about my Mum? She walked with Judy, Petra, Fiona and Gabby in the time of 51:22 loving every minute of it!
The run seemed to be over in quick time. There was so much to see and listen to. Lots of cheering, colour and noise. A very different run to our quiet early morning hit outs on the farm or Deloraine.
This was my fourth time running the event. I remember lining up for the first time and feeling totally inadequate. It was my second ever fun run and it was pre-parkrun days so I knew not a soul. How different this year. Lots of friends and fellow parkrunners. Lots of Go Annie cheers dotting those 27 minutes. Lots of fun, laughs and happiness at the end. As a beginner runner entering an event can be the scariest thing ever. Be brave! Do it! Join a running group, get some friends together for support and walk a few but don’t miss out on the thrill of entering and finishing a fun run. There are so many running groups everywhere, don’t miss out because you don’t know anyone. Get out there and have a go! If I can, you can!
As I rounded the corner heading down the home straight (after pushing the magic go fast button) I breathed in all the hope, happiness and power of friendship I could and sent it to my dear running friend Shaz of Shazruns – all the best for the big run Shaz!!! Look for your magic go fast button – it’s there!
Another year another women’s 5k and another step closer to a cure for breast cancer.
Happy running 🙂
PS What do husbands do while wives run the Women’s 5k? They cheer and enjoy watching lots of ladies
in shorts and singlets running!
Oh and they carry the gear, take photos and cheer us on – thanks boys! Judging by this photo they enjoyed their morning as much as the girls running in pink.PPS lots of photos shamelessly stolen from facebook!