Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lung Run 2011

Welcome Margaux Online! This Saturday I attended the Astellas Oncology Chicago Lung Run in Montrose Harbor. I was worried about not being able to participate in this race due to my tendinitis. When I woke up the morning of the race, my foot was a bit sore from the physical therapy session I had a couple of days prior. I decided to try to walk the course. It would be the longest distance I had attempted to run/walk in over four weeks. My sister, her friend and myself arrived early to to race to pick up our packets. The first 500 participants were to receive a tech racing shirt, all registrants after 500 were to receive a cotton shirt. What did I discover in my packet? A cotton shirt. Not cool. I couldn't believe I wasn't one of the first 500. At the gear check, the volunteer made a comment about my race bib number 211, and being an early registrant. She confirmed bib numbers coincide with what number registrant you are. So I decided to inquire at the registration table able being the 211th registrant and receiving a cotton shirt! Thankfully, they gladly exchanged my cotton shirt (which I would have never worn) for a tech shirt that I can use for working out! At the start line, I decided to walk the race and when I started to feel pain, to stop and cut my race short. It's a small race, so there are no start corrals, I started at the back of the pack with the baby strollers so I wouldn't get in the way. I started to feel a little sore around the halfway point, and kind of wanted to stop, but then I figured I would have to walk a mile and a half back, so I might as well finish the course. I finished in a little over an hour. I didn't attempt to run at all. I felt good about going the distance, but terrible about not being able to run! Not less than 15 minutes after I crossed the finish, they started picking up the timimg mats. Yikes. This is my third year participating in The Lung Run. It's a small race, but the one I enjoy the most because most of its participants have been affected by lung cancer or disease. My mother passed from lung cancer in 2007. The race is a wonderful way to remember loves ones lost and celebrates survivors. My sister was the number five fundraiser!

That was pretty cool. They had a personalized sign for my Mom on the race course.
I iced my foot a ton the rest of the day and today it actually feels fine, not any worse than what is was before : ) I'm glad I was able to participate in the run, even if I walked it.

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