Kilometers for Cam

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today was the sixth annual Kilometers for Cam race in St. Joe, Michigan. Dan and I first heard about this race last year from my running friend, Sherry, and really loved our experience last September when we ran the 5K. So, this year, we decided to push ourselves a bit and go for the 10K. But first, a little background. 

Cam lives in southwest Michigan with his family. Cam is one of the few children in the world who has Progeria -- a disease that causes his body to age faster than it should. Cam has been at the race both years, and is such a cute kiddo -- he's often playing around with other kiddos, and he always sends us off at the beginning of the race. You can learn more about Cam here.

So, we arrived just as people were lining up to begin the race. Dan and I had talked about aiming for a time of under an hour. We were able to run last weekend at a nice ten-minute pace, and thought that would be a good goal for our first ever 10K. We also decided to run this race together. Dan tends to be faster (read: A LOT faster than me), but I tend to be able to go farther, so we figured we could combine our strengths. 

The weather was absolutely perfect -- in the 40s when we started -- my favorite running weather. In the first mile, there is a HUGE hill to climb, but we made it up with ease, and by the time we checked in with each other, we were already at the water station at mile 2. When one of us started to feel achy, we slowed down a bit, but we were always able to pick right back up. And I don't know if it was the change of scenery, or the fact that we were running for a great cause, or what, but the miles really did fly by. We even ran our fastest mile in the last mile, which was an awesome feat for us. Dan and I ended up crossing the finish line, together, at 54:32, meaning we ran at an 8:47 pace! Super proud of our fast time, but more proud that we did it together. It was the perfect way to kick off a Saturday morning! 

After the race, we met up with our friends and Dan's family who had all done the 5K. So nice to visit on a sunny morning! 

Friends, post run and refuel!
Dan's sister, Roni, and nephew, Cole, taking a ride on the carousel! 
I thought a lot about the reasons I run today. And one of the biggest reasons is because I CAN. And this thought reminded me of a fantastic video I saw at the ASNE Reynolds Journalism Institute this summer. If you haven't seen this, I highly recommend it. There is still so much good in this world. 

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