A Very Special 3.1 Miles

This past weekend, I participated in the South Florida Brain Tumor Association’s 10th Annual Sprint for a Cure 5k.  This cause holds a very heavy and dedicated place in my heart, and it felt beyond wonderful to run for this purpose.

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Honestly, this was the first time I ever ran a race for a cause that meant so much to me.  Of course, I support all of the great causes I have run for in the past, but there is something about running for something so personal that leaves you feeling inspired, accomplished, and selfless.

An interesting and unimportant note- I ran my fastest 5k ever.  I think this is because I was so unconcerned about myself and my time and simply so focused on running with meaning.

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The weather was humid and wet, the course was nothing scenic, the competition was nothing fierce, and the distance was short- but this was beyond a doubt the best run of my life.

Goal: Run the 2014 1/2 marathon in Chicago for this same cause.

What sporting events have you participated in that were extra special to you?

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6.2 check.

Yes, I am alive.  And I promise to be blogging (and cooking) more in the upcoming weeks.

This post, however, is to document the 10k that I ran this morning.  I know for some serious runners this may not be a huge deal, but it was my first time running this distance in a more competitive atmosphere, so yay me!

Before the race!

Before the race!

As I had previously mentioned, participation in this race came to be when I decided 1) I was slacking on my running 2) I was flabbing up a bit and 3) I needed some form of motivation.  So, I literally registered for the first 10k that was coming up and took place on a Sunday (since I work on Saturdays).  Hence my participation in the “Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop” in Boca Raton for sea turtle conservation.

Now, don’t let the name fool you.  When I showed up this morning, the event was crawling with serious runners.  I’m talking fit, toned people with multiple 13.1 and 26.2 stickers on their cars.  The types of people who run these 10ks as warm-ups or tapers for their marathons.   I ran this race with a friend of mine who used to be in the Israeli army and even he was a bit shocked at the uber-competitive turn out.  We overheard a group talking about how they “knocked out 10 miles yesterday like it was nothing”.

Before the race! Macy came to support :-)

Before the race! Macy came to support :-)

Don’t get me wrong.  I run (kind of) frequently, and a few summers ago I actually logged serious milage.  But lately, my runs have been more of the 3-4 mile variety squeezed in whenever I find a spare milisecond in my week.  Needless to say, I was nervous.  I seriously thought to myself “what if I actually finish last?”

I did NOT finish last.  Or even close to it. Completed the whole thing in 62 minutes which was exactly my goal.  Although the 6.2 miles were challenging, I was able to run most of this at a very comfortable pace and could have even kept going.  Finishing this race made me feel great inside and motivated me to sign up for more.

After the race- #bestfeeling #donezo

After the race- #bestfeeling #donezo

One item on my bucket list is to run a half marathon one day, and I had been seriously considering flying to Chicago this May for the one benefitting Northwestern University’s Brain Tumor Research Center, as this cause is extremely near and dear to my heart.  Unfortunately, the race is the day of my graduation from pharmacy school. I did manage to stumble upon the Florida Brain Tumor Association’s 10th annual 5k happening in two weeks right in my area.  I was ecstatic to discover this race and immediately signed up, along with my boyfriend.

I am so happy that I am back in the running groove.  The sense of accomplishment, motivation, and happiness it brings never ceases to amaze me.  I read a running quote somewhere that read “man, I really regret that run. -said nobody ever”.  Totally true.

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To celebrate my newly recharged running spirit, I updated my playlist and bought a brand new pair of Asics.

What motivates you guys to run?  What are your favorite running tunes?  And what is your favorite race you have run?

The Best Worst Decision Ever

Ok guys- I have a big confession.  Yesterday morning, Ryan and I did something forbidden.  Something we have been talking about and dreaming about and wanting to do for so long, but we have held off because we know it is so bad for you.  No, I’m not talking about devouring an entire Publix vanilla cake  with buttercream frosting by ourselves (although we have done that).  That is child’s play compared to what we did.

We went to the local humane society just to look.  To “browse”, so to say.  Now anybody out there with half a heart who cares about animals as much as I do knows that this is an impossible task.  If you walk into the humane society, you do not come out empty handed.  It’s like walking into a bakery just to smell the aroma of pastries and cookies, but then leaving to go get a salad next door.  It just doesn’t work that way.

Needless to say, we fell in love with this muffin:

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Her name is Layla, and she is a 2 year old pittie who is at the HS because her previous owner lost her job and can no longer afford her.  She is a sweetheart in every way.  She pretty much got on her back and spread her legs for a belly rub for about 30 minutes straight.

The only reason she is not next to me as I type this post is because the HS needs to contact our condo association to make sure it is ok that we have a pit bull.  This makes me angry/frustrated/nervous/sad all at the same time.  I’ll keep you guys posted.

The last part of this puzzle, besides approval from our condo association, is my boyfriend.  He LOVES Layla but is worried about her getting along with our cat, Lance.  Lance is a quiet and older cat and Layla is an energetic pit bull puppy.  He knows that the pit bull stereotype is mainly just that, but he does worry that Layla may snap at Lance or even unintentionally hurt him.  The HS says she is good with cats, and says that they will “cat test” her again before adoption, but of course our nerves are still a little high.  Lance is our baby too, and we would never live with ourselves if something happened to him.


So basically, I think it is going to happen very very soon.  We will be expanding our family sooner than anticipated.  We just want to take our time making a decision because this is a biggie!  We have to make sure we find the right match for us, and that we are the right match for the little muffin.

Layla is still pulling at our heart stings, and it is a heavy decision on our hearts right now.  I will keep you all updated on the status of this best worst decision ever :)