I did it! I finished the 5K without walking or stopping, and without any new ankle damage. The background in this picture looks fake, doesn’t it? It’s not – it was an absolutely perfect morning for a run through Boston. My chauffeur – also known as my dad – even wore the Run for Dana-Farber hat I got with my packet but probably wouldn’t wear myself. And he was on the sidelines just before the finish line to give me a high-five. Thanks Dad!
All-in-all, I raised $1,051 and earned myself that awesome patch you see above my number. It means I’m a Pacesetter, having raised $1,000 or more. Our team raised more than $33,000 total and I’m wicked proud to have been part of it.
Like last year, people were saying, “Yeah Dana-Farber!” and “Thank you, Dana-Farber!” as I ran by and it was so inspiring. I ran the first 2 miles with my boss Molly, but I got really excited for the last mile and took off. My Garmin said I finished at exactly 32:00. Turns out my official time was 31:55 – a new personal best for me (I ran a 32:20 in July 2014)! I was trying to get under 30 but my ankle pain was nagging for the last half-mile and for some reason, they narrowed the last quarter-mile to one side of the street so even if you wanted to sprint the last quarter-mile, it was too congested. Oh well!
I’m glad it was a good run for me, because it’ll be my last for a while. I was hoping I’d wake up today with no ankle pain – a sign that I don’t really need to take any time off from running. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Twisting hurts more than usual today, and it’s just very achy. I decided to take it easy and do some yardwork, cleaning and baking, in addition to my PT exercises/stretches. Tomorrow I’ll get back in the saddle as far as workouts, but no running.
Thank you again to everyone who donated. If you didn’t get around to it or weren’t sure I’d run the race, you can still make a donation for a few more weeks. I promise not to bug you for money again until next year.