Saturday, May 23, 2009

Getting ready for The Komen Race for the Cure!

5k Running Group!

Just two weeks away is the Komen 5k Race for the Cure! This year I will run it again with Chris and the ladies I am coaching in my 5k running group. It will be the first 5k for several of them. It has been so much fun training with them over these past 6 weeks and I look forward to race day and watching each of them cross the finish line!
Today they came over for "garden pizza" and to watch 'The Spirit of the Marathon". A great documentary and motivation before any race day!

Surviving the Race~ I wrote this after attending the Dallas Race for the Cure 8 years ago. At the time I was a survivor of 3 years. This year I will participate as an 11 year ( 2x) survivor. It always amazes me when I am out there as to how many people, family & friends breast cancer affects. Things are a bit different now from when I wrote this so many years ago. My story has changed, my cancer has changed, my life has changed, and yet I am able to run with freedom from it all.

Surviving the Race

Waking early while it is still dark
Arriving with the "pink" pass to park.
Meeting at the survivor tent
Seeing faces of new found friends, as we happily celebrate each one
of us that has made the "race" another year.
Some are doing well, the years are going by,
Some have news their battle has once again begun.
Yet others have lost their fight.
There is a silent bond of courage between all of us.
We embrace, smile, and know
only "we" understand the meaning
of “another year at the race".

As the race begins and you see all the pink hats
You know that you are not in this alone.
Surrounded by thousands, all there for the same purpose,
to Race for you to Race for the Cure.
At the starting line there are runners
who will compete for a "winning" time.
But the true winners here are the "Pink Hats."
They are walking, running, and in wheelchairs,
some are helped by their friends
as she carries her oxygen tank for the 3.2 mile walk.

When the race comes to an end the hundreds of "Pink Hats"
flow to the front of the stage to form a "sea of pink".
There are tears of joy, tears of sadness, and tears of survivors
as hundreds of hands are held together up high.
We stand proud,we stand strong, quietly listening to a special song sung just for us
The SURVIVORS celebrating “another year at the race".

Elayne Minich, cancer survivor-3 years
Dallas Race for the cure,2001, 45,000 participants!
Edited 2009, survivor- 11 years


Anonymous said...

That was beautiful Elayne. I couldn't keep a dry eye through that one. I will remember you in prayer for the race along with the many others that are there running and even watching for I'm sure many of them also have a cause to be there. Hangest thou in there!
Love, Diane

Racn4acure said...

Loved your poem Elayne. I am always moved by all of the pink in the Komen races, and inspired by it.

The Komen race is special for me. It was the first event I ever did to raise money for cancer treatments. It was in 2004, 2 years after I was diagnosed with the lymphoma. I did the national walk in Washington DC. Last year I did it again in Richmond to honor my sister, sister-in-law, and many other survivors (and not) that I know. It is great that you are coaching and sharing your experience. Some day I would like to do the three-day but it would likely mean not doing TNT that year. Too difficult to raise that kind of money for two causes in the same year.

Keep doing what you do and keep being a strong survivor. Art

What's Going On... said...

Elayne, You are such a blessing to me! I have truly enjoyed working out with you and the girls!! I have learned a lot in the past 3 ½ months from you and am so greatful!! Thanks for all your great motivation, you are an inspiration!

Love the poem! I’m looking forward to race day!

Love & God Bless!

Elayne said...

Thank you Diane, Art & Jonna!
Diane~ thanks for always being there with prayer & support :)

Art~I believe Komen was my first event too! I do plan to do another TNT event( thinking about a tri:) I agree one event at a time, especially with fundraising:)
You are such an inspiration to me Art, so...keep doing what your doing too!

Jonna~ I have so enjoyed our time together and getting to know you better. You have stuck it out through some tough workouts and injuries, can't wait to see you cross that finish line!

Racn4acure said...

Thanks Elayne.

I meant to comment on the "Spirit of the Marathon". That came out last year just a short while after I completed my third marathon, the Arizona Marathon. I went to the movie with a bunch of TNT teammates. Even though it was just a couple of weeks since my race, the movie inspired me and made me wish I was training for another one! :)


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