This is always one of my favorite events every year. It raises money for the Lahey Health Cancer Center's and as a survivor out of the Lahey Cancer Center it's always an important date on the schedule. I've been running the race since 2012. Actually, I won the race in 2012, having just noticed that my sports bras were starting to fit funny. 2 months later I learned how much I would need the Lahey Cancer Center.
After I was officially declared NED in 2013 my colleagues and I decided that would be our team name for the Lahey Health 5K. Every year our major fundraiser is a bake sale at the hospital. Dietitian's love to bake, and as a department we really go all out. Here is our table from this year:
Team NED is a compilation of people. Some of my colleagues and some of my friends. We decided to get T-shirts made this year. Grey and pink (I can't help myself) with Team NED down the front and No Evidence of Disease on the back. I ordered them through CustomInk.com and really can't say enough about their customer service. They noted that our t-shirts were for a charity event and even made a donation. It was really fun to match everyone who was running and walking this year. Saturday morning we laced up our sneakers and headed out to Burlington High School for the race at 8 am.
Well, actually, my day started much earlier than that, at 4:30 am to be exact. See I was hosting a bridal shower in the afternoon and there were cupcakes that needed frosting and crostini that needed toasting. My first round of buttercream failed, but the second batch came together nicely. I had a couple of handfulls of cereal and a fairly good amount of buttercream frosting when I got picked up to go race. In fact, I smelled like buttercream and still had some on my face when my running buddy (and bride for the shower later in the day) picked me up. When her and I headed to the line I looked at her and said, "Something pretty terrible in my GI system is about to happen". She smiled and headed to the front of the pack as she was going for the win. I hung back for the second wave of people as my legs have been heavy, filled with lactic acid and have hurt constantly while running consistently for the last 6 weeks.. And its been getting worse. I haven't been able to run faster than 9 min miles during my training runs. I thought by hanging back I would go out at a more reasonable pace. Boy was I wrong.
When the second wave was let go, I took off. My running competitiveness got the best of me and although my legs were burning just standing on the line my first mile was 7:40 minutes. Now, in years passed I would have been mad about how slow that was. This year I was mad that I went out so fast. I had just passed my oncologist out on the road, who said to me "I've been waiting for you to go past!". I told the other dietitian who was running with me to go on ahead. Once he was out of view, I vomited a small amount of buttercream and kept running. I then passed through the second mile at 7:51 minutes. There was a lot more trouble to come. I vomited some more buttercream, I walked the giant hill and then I sprinted into the finish. It is officially the slowest 5K I have ever run by 3 minutes. My legs hurt so much the entire time and I am frustrated that I am running slower now than when I was just 3.5 months of treatment. But, Team NED did produce the Lahey 5K Champion and it was great day to see everyone out there. And....I was able to pick up my third survivor shirt. They were pink this year!
|We wanted people to read it says survivor|
|Go Team NED!|
Overall, team NED raised over $2,000 for the Lahey Health Cancer Centers, produced a race champion, and taught me what I already knew; buttercream frosting is a terrible pre-race meal. Overall, and this might just be the concert I went to earlier in the week talking, but I'd say Team NED has the right stuff. Thank you for all who donated, cheered and purchase baked goods. I'm grateful for you all!