Just a few days until my first 5K of the year: The DONNA 5K & Family Fun Run.
I’m pretty excited. I haven’t done a 5K in a pretty long time and it will be good to get back to basics.
I’ve also been putting a lot of pressure on myself, and I’m not entirely sure it’s been reasonable or fair. I am definitely seeing the fruits of my labor from the last few weeks, and I’m darn proud of that. However, for this particular race, it’s not really about any of that.
While I have never run any of the DONNA races before (you know, because I wasn’t running before), I am preparing myself for an exceptionally inspirational event.
Founded by Donna Deegan, a Jacksonville native, local news anchor and three-time breast cancer survivor, the 26.2 with DONNA (and its associated half and 5K) has evolved into an amazing community event, drawing 12,000 registered runners from all over the world. With proceeds going to benefit the Mayo Clinic and to The Donna Foundation (a local organization designed to help breast cancer patients in need of financial assistance), the race has helped raise over $2 million and helped over 7000 women.
The story of this weekend is going to be the amazing feeling of running with these strong survivors, and their families and friends. These are people who haven’t quit, who haven’t surrendered, and who are refusing to back down. It will be a privilege to be a part of it.
All of this has made me realize that my attitude needed a big-times adjustment. I’m usually pretty positive, but my last few runs have been peppered with inner whining and complaints. When I went out on Sunday, I realized that it needed to stop. Immediately. It was counterproductive and self-indulgent and getting me absolutely nowhere. It was a good reality check for me and put a lot of things in perspective. I need to hold on to those feelings.
Are you running with DONNA this weekend?
What helps put your attitude in perspective?
By the way, if you’re in the area and looking for a great race, for a wonderful cause, you can still time to register for the 26.2 with DONNA (or the half, or the 5K). It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, in every way.