This year I am running the Chicago Half Marathon with Team Bright Pink!! Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers. As a former employee, I am excited to now be on the sidelines, still supporting the mission by being an example of awareness in action. As a Black woman with a family health history of both ovarian and breast cancer, it is so important to me that I take charge of my health, listen to my body, and continue taking steps to reduce my risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.
For most years of my adult hood, I have made promises of being conscious and intentional about how I am treating my body: what am I eating, am I excercising, do I get enough sleep, am I drinking too much. And although every year I have some sort of resolution, I have never had the follow through. This year is different.
For about 5 months now, I have been diligent in training for this half marathon. I have not been loud or made any sort of extreme declarations of health and wellness, and instead have remained quiet and week to week have set out to do a few simple things: run and fuel my body so I can run comfortably. It has been an amazing journey thus far, but certainly not a perfect one. There were some weeks where I was so hard on myself I would not run at all, and there were some weeks when I felt so accomplished I felt like I had run the half marathon already. I have had highs and lows, and both extremes, but I am still here, and I am still running, and I am really so proud. Back in April, I could not run a full mile straight through, now I can run 10, and soon I will run 13.1 miles.
Please support my journey, and the Bright Pink mission by helping me raise $500 dollars by September 23rd!
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