This past Sunday I ran a local 5K as part of a team for Zeke's preschool. I don't think I've ever been so emotional before a race. This is why -
Logan Sweet was little boy who passed away on this day in 2008 from Viral Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. He was six. You can read the Sweet's heart-wrenching story here. Logan's family started the Logan Sweet Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the disease, as well as promote a healthy lifestyle. Every year they have put together a fundraiser and this year they organized a 5K and Fun Run in Logan's memory.
Logan's mother spoke for a bit before the race and it was all I could do not to cry as I looked over at my two beautiful boys sitting with Ian on the curb. All I could think of was how fortunate I am and could not even imagine what the Sweet's have gone through.
The course was an out and back with a couple of hills in the beginning. I was glad to know that I would be coming down them at the end. Though every race I am usually looking to PR, in the whole scheme of things, it wasn't important. I was just happy to be out there supporting a worthy cause and felt blessed that I was able to run on a beautiful sunny day.
I ended up coming in 11th overall and 2nd female with a time of 24:38 (7:57 pace). I honestly have no idea how many runners there were and was not able to stick around to look at the results because the boys were anxious to go to the playground.
My 8th 5k is in the books. Number nine will be with Ian as he runs his first race. Now I'm preparing for the Reach the Beach relay in less than two weeks!