At risk of sounding like a broken record (I swear, last mention — until next year?), I have to give another big THANK YOU to everyone who helped me raise $700 for San Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine. It was their second year doing the fundraiser walk/fun run and there were over 1200 participants this year. Even though it wasn’t the hospice program my dad went through, it felt good to be a part of it.
Being a fun run, it was a fairly informal affair. The runners “lined up” at the starting gate first. People could register as individuals (what I did) or as part of a team. Some of the teams were companies, some were families, and all ages were represented. We were impressed at the number of younger kids who ran, and how quickly!
The walkers definitely outnumbered the runners and started a few minutes later. The route took two laps around the NTC Promenade in Point Loma. Look at all the people!
In addition to families (I was quickly passed by a mom with two kids in a jogging stroller) there were also pets. Some of the pets are part of the pet therapy program run by hospice, including a therapy cat! Many dogs participated; my husband was particularly impressed with this leggy Great Dane:
My favorite pet sighting was before the run started. This bad boy didn’t do the walk, but he definitely made my day. The motorcycle is remote-controlled so he can cruise around with his owner.
While I ran, I entrusted my camera to my darling husband who graciously got up early despite working late the night before. These are the photos he took that are not of my backside. Thanks, honey.
My number seemed fitting for running in memory of my dad who passed away on 1/11/11.
Neither of us wore a watch and there wasn’t anyone officially timing, but we started about 8:30 and I was done about 8:59, so 29ish minutes it was! Running outside isn’t my thing so I struggled to pace myself. I followed some nice ladies for most of the course and it was a mite fast for me, but a good challenge and learning experience.
Despite my sore legs, participation was absolutely worth it. I’ve heard a lot of hesitation over signing up for running events due to registration costs, but this one was free to sign up and any fundraising efforts support a wonderful cause.
The rest of the day was spent with a friend who was in town. We walked up and down the beach, all around downtown, and all over Balboa Park. Add in the biggest burrito I’ve ever eaten (it had french fries in it) and a trip to Extraordinary Desserts (hello, danish Parisienne) and you have a very full girl with very sore legs.
Have you ever run a 5K? Would you?
What did you do this weekend?