In 2018 I was able to participate in the Race for the Cure in downtown Salt Lake City. My mother was a taken by cancer twenty-eight years ago. By running in the race I felt like it was a great way to do something to celebrate her and give hope to others. Medicine and technology have come so far, giving those with cancer a larger chance to survive. I want to help others not have the same experience our family had. I was able to raise three thousand dollars to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation this year and it made me feel like I was making a difference.
I actually started to prepare for the race in February of this year since the race was in May. I had three months to train and I started on a pretty low key running schedule mixed with light weights. To start I went to the Salt Lake Running Company to buy some nice shoes. I was pretty impressed when I saw their selection. I was able to purchase a pair of Brooks running shoes at a very affordable price. Brooks shoes are one of my husbands favorite running shoes so I decided to try them out. I was actually excited to try them out on all the trails here in Salt Lake City.
Some of the trails I trained on were at Memory Grove Park, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Donner Trail Park, and the Dry Gulch Trailhead. I love to run outdoors instead of running on the treadmill. There is something very exhilarating about running down a trail, the air blowing through your hair and the crisp cool air on your face. I feel alive and free when I run, almost like I could run forever. I started running twice a week and then after a few weeks, I bumped it up to three times a week. Closer to the race I was running three times a week on the trails and then two days a week I was running on the elliptical. I also was weight training twice a week to build my strength. The race was only a 10 K which was about 6.2 miles. This was the farthest I had ever tried running so I wanted to be sure I put in enough training.
The day of the race I was a little nervous but excited at the same time. I ate a small breakfast at Penny Ann’s Cafe downtown Salt Lake City and then rode the Salt Lake City Trax to the starting line at the Library Square on 200 East and 450 South. The race started at 9:00 AM and I was grateful since I hate exercising too early in the morning.
The Gun went off and I felt so ready. I kept a real steady pace and didn’t feel too tired. During the race we passed all kinds of businesses on Temple Street, I saw the Salt Lake City Temple on Temple Square, the City Creek Mall, and we also passed Utah State University, the Hogle Zoo and also the Natural History Museum of Salt Lake. The race looped around and ended back at the starting point. I gave it my all and I hope my mom was proud. I thought of her the whole time.
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