The Komen Race, San Diego, 2012

I got up at 5:40am this morning…. ridiculously early… so I could get dressed, eat breakfast and get my visiting father-in-law organized to get ourselves down to Balboa Park this morning for the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Run/Walk for the Cure.


“Lining” up on 6th street for the start.

It could not have been a more perfect day.  Sunny, dry, and warm.  At 7:00am, I shed my hoodie and put it in storage because the temps were already in the low 70s!

I got my number and turned in the money I had raised from my modest pink glitter ribbon campaign: $46.  Not a huge amount, but considering that I got donations from check-out ladies at Walgreens, people at meetings, random people who just thought it was a worthy cause… and I didn’t push them at all; if someone admired my glitter ribbon, I gave them one…no pressure to donate, but people donated. And EVERY donation counts.

My father-in-law, who is a competitive runner, got his time-chip and headed off to the front of the pack with all the timed runners.  I went to the end of the mass so I could appreciate all the groups and costumes.


Going across the Quince St. Bridge towards the Museum of Man

The pack moved at its own slow pace.  It took a half hour for me to reach the 1-mile mark.  As we crossed the Quince St. Bridge, I looked down at the highway below and saw the front-runners!


View from the Quince St. Bridge

And soon, we were passing under that very bridge just beyond the 2-mile mark.


Coming down the 163 towards the Quince St. Bridge.

I finished the race in 1:02:18… which is not a good time for a 5k… I usually do 15 minute miles around the neighborhood. But the experience of being part of 20,000 people all walking/running for the same goal was amazing. I’m definitely doing this race again next year — and hopefully will be able to share the experience with my husband as well!


After the race… with my father-in-law from Staten Island, Bill Welsh.

Have you ever run or walked in a 5k?  Ever done one for a specific purpose?  Did you feel any difference between the 2?

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One Response to The Komen Race, San Diego, 2012

  1. Sounds like a great experience. I have not been involved with such a big walk. But even the smaller ones are a great experience. It’s nice to know you’re making a difference and part of a team!

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