This post has been a long time coming. If you remember, the last part of 2015 I was in another world. I was dealing with the loss of my auntie and the loss of one of my best friends all at the same dayum time. I can truly say, October and November were a real struggle.
At one point during that time, I was questioning if I had lost my love for running AGAIN because it just wasn’t fun anymore. While running, my mind was always filled with so many what if (s). Looking back, I really allowed myself to get swallowed up in all that had transpired.
I really believe that what doesn’t kill me, does indeed make me stronger. I finally was able to get to a point where I could say okay, it’s time to move forward and just reflect on the experiences that were shared with them both. I had some great times and that is what I will remember.
Now don’t get me wrong, the ending of my year in 2015 was not all bad.
“Race 13.1 is the southeast’s premier half marathon series that spans over 20 counties in 7 states in the southeast”. This was the first year for Race 13.1 in Evans, GA. Since this race took place right down the street from where I used to live in Georgia, I just had to be there!!! I was really surprised with the turnout; there wasn’t that many people there for the event (no joke, had I been on my A game, I could have finally placed in a half marathon 🙂 (yeah I said it LOL). Since Augusta, GA is known as the home of the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown, and only a short distance from Evans, it only seemed fitting for the theme of the race to be ‘I Feel Good’.
With the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler being a women’s only road race, I just had to be there and represent for my crew; Black Girls Run! (BGR) Columbia. We had over 30 BGR sole sistahs sign up and participate in the race. We even ran and/or walked in the rain.
This race, was established in 2002, and is an event that is strictly for women put together by women. I loved the fact that the Heart & Sole calls attention to heart disease in women. I was more than happy to participate in this year’s run, knowing that the proceeds provided complimentary entries for certain women in the community who were identified at risk for heart disease, women who couldn’t afford the race fee and women with heart conditions that couldn’t afford cardiac rehabilitation.
Being the ‘World’s Largest Running Series’, the Rock and Roll Series attracts over 500,000 people taking part in 26 American cities each year. This year I just had to be a part of that. I also loved the fact that the benefiting charity was the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer.
On Saturday, I ran in the Get to the Green 10K. This event is known as the largest road race in the Midlands and is part of the St. Pat’s Festival held in Five Points of Columbia, SC. This event started at the Maxcy Gregg Park and finished at the St. Pat’s Festival on Devine Street.
I picked up my race packet at Whole Foods (my favorite store) on Thursday after work. Nothing fancy about packet pick-up. There was no expo, so I was pretty much in and out (except for the shopping 🙂 ).