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why this Year?

I have always enjoyed running to a small extent.  I have always been a go out and maybe run a mile or walk some, run some kind of person.  I have never enjoyed distant running.  I have never had any desire to run any K run, In March when I read the first bit of research that regular cardio can be a great defense if you get Covid, I literally started running that day.  At first it was mostly walking and a little bit of running.  Today, I am comfortably up to 3 miles.  I know many of you reading this can run 3 miles in your sleep.  Hats off to all of you, but for me, if you asked me back in March if I would be running 3 miles in August, I would have positively said no way nor do I want to be.  But, here I am....

Why a 5K and why this 5K?   Why a 5K is easy- it is the smallest of races.  Hahaha....  

The bigger question is Why this 5K?  

Last week I had a day where there was real concerns from my doctor that I might have a mass in my left breast.  Diagnostic tests were ordered and there was a 45 minute period during that testing; I really thought the news was not going to go my way.  However,  I was lucky and was given the all clear.  In that 45 minutes of my brain literally swimming, I said to myself, if I get good news, I am going to do something for all those people who don't get good news on their day of tests.  Combining wanting to help and running just makes sense on how I can make a small contribution to this very important research.  

I will run this 5K in honor of one of my very dearest and lifelong friend Amy and her unforgettable Mama, Tania, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2014. Tania was a spirit unlike anyone I have ever met.  She was fun, loving, generous, and just a special person in my life growing up.  I think of her often with her sips of coke, instant beauty, insanely fast speed walking (I assure you Tania could walk a 5K faster than I can run one), her awesome cooking, and her hilarious facial expressions.  Her love for her children was undeniable and inspirational, and I have never felt more sad for someone else's loss than I do for my friend Amy - their relationship was on a different level and the loss is still felt so deeply.  What I wouldn't do for an evening out at a good restaurant, eating good food, drinking cocktails, listening to Amy and her mom's hilarious banter (with facial expressions galore- Amy definitely inherited that trait) and hearing Tania call me Catfish (her name for me since I was 9). I will be thinking of Tania on October 3rd and hopefully making a small contribution to breast cancer research to help other Mamas beat this disease that takes too many. 

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