Sunday, June 19, 2011

United by Cancer (Un-race Report)

I thought that this event was going to be a training day..... It was almost anything but. It was more, it was better..... it was training for my soul.

I didn't get to run..... I realized that it wasn't appropriate.

I changed my mindset, tossed my game plan, and I enjoyed the event for what it was...... It was a time to celebrate people who have beat cancer, to remember those that we've lost and to connect to one another.

The first lap was dedicated to the survivors. Everyone wearing a yellow shirt was a survivor.... It was both, sad and joyous.

Our team name was named after our team captain Marie (a survivor herself).

My mother-in-law and I before the start (Andrew took the photo). They both stuck it out the entire event.

At 10pm the track was cleared and a bagpiper came round the track playing Amazing Grace. As the bagpiper made his way around, the luminaries that formed the track were lit. Each luminary represents a lost loved one.

Very overwhelming.

There was entertainment all night long.

Every hour on the hour, a lap was dedicated to something fun. There was a bubble lap, a Disney lap, a hillbilly lap, etc....... Prizes were awarded to the best costumed/ most innovative teams.

The sunrise was beautiful. It was a privilege to be there. I finished a better person than when I started.... I am grateful.

With exception of dedicated laps, potty, and fuel breaks, I was on the track the entire time. I overcame exhaustion, learned that speed walking on uneven grass was very difficult, and realized that chicken noodle soup is nectar of the gods.

By morning I had covered 51.4km (31.9 miles).

My legs were stiff and I was exhausted.

This event was not only invaluable for my training, but for my personal evolution.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all of you for your support. xoxo

Gotta run.

Location:Queens Ave,London,Canada


XLMIC said...

Thank you for taking us on this event through your pictures and your words. It looks and sounds like it was truly amazing :)

northernbliss said...

You are my hero today. And everyday. Well done Stacey!!!

The Green Girl said...

Loved this. So much.

Paul said...

Yes, well done. Thanks for sharing the experience.

Char said...

What an amazing event! Congratulations on doing it and on completing it.

I would have cried when the bagpipers played.

BabyWilt said...

Beautiful post, congratulations on a taking part in a great event :-)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Thank you for sharing your experience and thank you for doing the event

Unknown said...

Thank you all so much for the positive feedback =D

Black Knight said...

As a "yellow shirt" I thank you a lot.
I love the bagpipes. I go to Scotland every other year to follow the rugby game Scotland-Italy and the most beautiful moment is when 100 bagpipes sing Flower of Scotland all together (not to say of the 80.000 people)

Unknown said...

Black Night

You are inspirational. To fight cancer, to rehabilitate after a broken femur...... and you still keep on going!!!!!!!

Would love to go to Scotland to hear bagpipes..... Thanks for sharing that.

Clarinda said...

What a remarkable experience. Thanks for sharing this with us.