Health Yeah | Team ’97 + 5 Lessons I Learned From My First 5K

Written by: Sol

Hey girl! So listen…

These past few weeks have been uberly emotional for me.

First of all, Jupiter’s moon has had me ALL up in my feels (If you’re into horoscopes, then you know what I’m talkin’ about!), my 20-year high school reunion is this weekend (20 YEEEEAAARS, bruh!!!!), and I’ve had to mentally prepare (notice I never mentioned physically) for my first 5K. Nope… this is NOT a misprint. I walked a freakin’ 5K.

I’ve shared my connection to breast cancer before and how this disease had already affected me in the most personal way… Or so I thought. Since then, I’ve learned that two of my classmates, both my age and in great health, had been diagnosed and going through treatments. So when one of our reunion activities was to sign up for this year’s Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, I was psyched. I knew that a chance to walk for a worthy cause and spend time with some of my high school buds would be a great experience, but I left with so much more.

Takeaway #1: Life Is Precious 

For so long this was just a cliche saying, but when hearing that my classmates were going through treatment for breast cancer, I began to think of my own probability.

Cancer’s prevalent in my family, so it’s something that we’ve had to deal with for generations. I even had my own encounter with the disease when I was forced to have a hysterectomy in 2010 because of uterine cancer. With this being said, it’s times and situations like that that make me understand just how precious life is and how it’s meant to be LIVED!

Takeaway #2: Fall down 7 times, Get Up 8! 

So this is the map of the route that we took on route. This routing is about 3.2 miles and looks fairly simple, right? Now, the 3.2 wasn’t what got me – I can walk that in my sleep on a treadmill. What almost took me out were the HILLS! Let me tell you – they don’t call it NORTH HILLS for nothing! There were so many dips, twists, turns, bends, and HILLS that I thought I was walking through the valley of the shadow of death! I can’t even begin to count the number of times I wanted to flag a golf cart down for them to toss my ass on the back and carry me back to my car!

But I didn’t. I kept walking. Then I walked some more. Next thing I knew, my classmates and friends were rallying behind me and I was looking at the finish line. This moment taught me that no matter how many times you fail, stop, or take a break DON’T EVER GIVE UP! I didn’t – and I finished! 🙂

Takeaway #3: Support Is Clutch. 

Because I had shared my fear of the 5K (Oh trust – it’s a thing!) on my Facebook page, family and friends begin chiming in and showing nothing but love and support.

This was so important because on the day of the race I truly didn’t know what to expect and I ain’t gonna like – that 3 mile hike had me shook! But as we began to walk, just the camaraderie and support that took place during the walk was enough to carry us through! I even had a classmate who stuck with me most of the race to make sure I was hydrated and gave me those “Come on, T!” moments when I thought I couldn’t make it! All in all, the support was just, clutch.

Takeaway #4: Invest In Yourself

This experience taught me the great lesson that I have to make the best effort to invest in me. Not just financially, but mentally, emotionally and physically.

Prior to this experience, I would come up with all types of excuses and reasons as to why I couldn’t do something. However, now I’ve proven that if I just believe in myself and invest whatever’s necessary for me to achieve my goals, I can accomplish ANYTHING I put my mind to – and that’s law.

Takeaway #5: Your “tatas” matter. 

Breast health is just as important as any other type of heath. That’s why it’s important to understand how to care for, monitor, and maintain the best breast care possible. I am so happy to have had the experience to walk this race and do what I can to help in the fight to Save the tatas. You know, whether you realize it or not – your tatas matter!

Speaking of tatas, if you’re in the RDU/Triangle area, join us on this Sunday, October 22 at Nordstom at Streets of Southpoint for a bra fitting event that’s Fit for A Queen! Our guests will receive information about breast care, delicious vittles & light fare, and exclusive bra fittings with the amazing Nordstrom staff! And don’t trip talking about they don’t have your size – Bruh, they go up to a size JJ!!!!

Check out the flyer below for event deets and be sure to follow and check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates!

**This event has ended.** 

Until then, live F.A.B. with no regrets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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