I set a goal to run a race a month and March was slipping away from me.  Even though I have a cold, I really didn’t want to skip this month.  So, I braved the rain and ran in a 5k race for cystic fibrosis.

I once heard a quote from a famous marathoner that said he ran his fastest marathon in the rain.  It’s a quote to help you muster up the motivation to get out there and not make excuses.

We’ll now I can say, “I’ve run one of my fastest 5ks in the rain.”

It all started at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

I had never been there before this morning but it was so easy to get to and so nice.  If you are in need of a good place to run that isn’t on asphalt, this is the place.  Gorgeous wooded trails!  Loved them!

I didn’t get there too early but I still ended up standing out in the rain with all the other racers.

Why is it that standing in the rain is perfectly normal when you are with a bunch a people waiting for a race and totally ludicrous any other time?

I ran alone for most of the 3.1 miles but this father and son ended up being near me most of the race.

The little boy had cystic fibrosis and couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old.

The course was a little hilly and the little boy’s determination was a real inspiration to me.  I was so happy to be running a race that would help fight this awful disease.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.             (source www.cff.org)

I finished in 34 minutes which is only 1 minute off my PR.

The little boy and his dad finished about 10-15 seconds after me.  So inspiring!

Here’s my race loot.  I’m glad I have the sport beans.  They will definitely come in handy in next month’s OBX half marathon.

My favorite bread company, Great Harvest was there and they had free bread, muffins, and cookies galore.

I love Great Harvest so much but saved the cookie and muffin for my two sweethearts, Andie and Lydia.

What a great race!

Goodnight Friends!

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