On Saturday I wrote that I was feeling jittery and nervous about completing my first fun run- The Mother's Day Classic. A goal I've had since October 2010. I'm not quite sure what's held me back in the past- maybe a fear of failure? The element of competition that tends to amp it up a bit? I'm not sure. I did however look back at the words on my blog post and decide to mentally rewrite them.
This was about fun. About community. About raising money for a wonderful cause- The National Breast Cancer Foundation- and having a good time doing it. It was about reaching a goal and celebrating not only my own wonderful mum, but celebrating being a mum myself. There was no need for jitters or nerves, but to simply get out there and be part of something very special.
The morning was cold and clear so I pulled on my Lorna Jane tights, running shorts, pink inspirational singlet and Addidas jumper. I was so cold I threw a black scarf on along with gloves and a black headband to stop my ears from freezing! Just for a little extra sparkle I slicked on some pink lipgloss, pink glitter nail polish and a pink ribbon in my hair. I also wore my Pink Ribbon pin so I'd have mum with me on my run. I rugged the Little Lion up and and 8am we were ready to head down to the Ornamental Lakes to register.
I met up with some gorgeous friends and found a whole heap of people I knew including one of my aunts. So many people braved the chilliness to come out and support the Mother's Day Classic!
It was time to get proceedings under way! We were welcomed then had an outline of the walking and running tracks. We then had a ten minute warm up...
...and it was time to run!
The track was gorgeous, following the river all the way to the Lock then back again. For this run, I ditched the ipod. I didn't want to record times or calories... I just simply wanted to run. I had fun. I high fived those I knew when we passed one another, and gave words of encouragement. Had a chat when I caught up with others that I knew. Breathed in that crisp air and kept my legs pumping at a comfortable pace.
Deon and the Little Lion were there to cheer me on and support me the whole time. It meant so much to me to have my two boys there. While I was off running Carter made full use of the playground and enjoyed having some time with his dad.
I was on such a high when I finished, and felt so jubilent that I'd finally smashed my goal of completing a fun run that supported a charity so close to my heart. As I mentioned before, not only have I had two breast lumps removed but my own mum is in remission from breast cancer so this day was incredibly important to me. Lots of love to my girl Carlie for coming along and running it with me too- thank you for your support!
A huge thanks once again to Lorna Jane for supplying me with the tights and sports bra, I absolutely love wearing your brand while running and working out as they not only fit me so well, but they give me that boost of confidence too. Thanks for giving me that extra spark on this run!
So what's on the cards next? Now that I know I can do this, I feel ready for anything! Bring on the City to Bay 12km run in Adelaide in September! Now, any bloggers out there who want to do this with me? Let's make a team and do it! I'm all inspired now!