I was going to do this post yesterday, but I was feeling too sickly to do the awesome write up that the Terry Fox Run deserves!!
off, I would like to thank everyone who donated to our team! Sarah and I
raised $1000!!!! Very exciting. Makes it a little less embarrassing
when we show up at register our little two-man team. The guy at the
registration desk totally high fived us for having such a tiny team.
Sarah picked me up at my condo at the ungodly hour at 7:30am on Sunday
morning and, after a few U-turns due to the Gardiner being closed, we
arrived at 8:00am!
parked and took the shuttle in. It was cold enough that we could see
our breaths so I was glad that I wore pants and a sweater. But I would
come to regret that once I started running. haha. As you walk in they
have all these posters and articles about Terry, along with hats and
shirts from old runs. It is pretty neat if you take the time to read
did our traditional "find our team name on the sign" task. We are
totally legit like that. FYI- we were Team Amazing. I was too tired to
actually point to the team name.
didn't wear my Tfox shirt that they sent me for being team captain
because it got a stain on it from my anthralin treatment. I don't even
know HOW since I didn't wear it when doing my treatment, but that is
just how anthralin rolls- it gets on everything.
After a set up speeches (including a tear-worthy one from a 12 yr old cancer survivor) we lined up at the starting line!
tried to get a shot of the streamer guns going off, but I suck. haha.
And don't worry about litter- all the kids picked up every bit of that
The next 30 minutes or so were pure
torture. It was a total mental battle for me to run 5km. It sounds so
sad because I feel like people do this all the time (in my mind) but I
did not train at all and I am not naturally athletic. I ran in just my
bandana because a wig would be too hot, and at some point a woman
running beside me asked if I was a cancer survivor. Yikes, I wouldn't
want to steal the real survivors thunder on that day so I explained!
yes, I struggled with pretty much every step. At one point I was
running beside an old man and was like "I can't stop now!" and then I
thought about this news story once where this woman ran a marathon
WITHOUT TRAINING! She was supposed to walk 10km with her friends for
charity and she took the wrong shuttle bus and got to the marathon
start. They wouldn't shuttle her back so she decided not to let down
those who sponsored her and she ran the entire marathon! I tried to find
the article, but I couldn't.
Anyway, finally I saw the finish sign and I had made it!!
came in about 10 minutes after me because she had taken the course at
her own pace. We then went straight for the good stuff- barbequed corn,
hot dogs, fruit, juice, cookies, and so much more!!
the food is donated and it is always our favourite part of doing the
run! So yummy and such a nice way to spend the morning. They have
entertainment every year and we just chill out, eat, and watch the show.
All in all, it was a great run this year! I can't wait to go back again in 2013 for Team Amazing's 5th Terry Fox Run!