Team Hug made its run debut in Toronto this past Sunday at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. We showed up bright and early to the U of T Run site with 18,000 other people to run 5K because we all believe in creating a future without breast cancer.
A big thank you to all of our friends, family and readers who donated to Team Hug for our big run. Initially, the team consisted of only four people and we set a small goal to raise $1000 between all of us.
I had no idea that we would destroy this goal.
Our team quickly expanded to 10 people and we raised a grand total of $5090!!! We decided to dress-up our Team Hip + Urban Girl T-shirts with pink running wear, tiaras, sunglasses, shoes and even a kimono!
Christina Alsop (right), a total trooper did the CIBC Run for the Cure while 32 weeks pregnant! She’s a regular runner and we’re just happy she didn’t give birth right on the course. She did take it easy though once she started feeling some light contractions. Her daughter Kinley and hubby Kevin came along to cheer on our team.
|Jessica + Wendy H.|
Laura Janke - $1780
Lisa Haines - $1220
Pascale Bouchard - $630
Fitness Goals – Since this was my very FIRST 5K, I had no idea how I would do or how long running 5K would actually take.
|Christina, Lisa H. & Pascale|
Actual: I ran 5K in 42 minutes! This was super-exciting for me because I had NO experience running. I downloaded a Couch to 5K app around 7 weeks ago and ran 2-3 times a week slowly building on each week. During my first run, I lasted a total of 35 seconds before I would start walking. I’m now proud to say I can run anywhere between 5-8 minutes without stopping!
|Denise, Laura & Lisa|
Actual: I lost 4 pounds and have so far kept them off, doubling the actual pounds I thought I would peel off! Up until the point where I started running, I was doing little to no cardio and just maintaining my weight while building muscle from mainly doing strength training. After finally putting cardio in the mix, my body finally started to react and I was able to lose some of the weight I put on after the winter. I also downloaded a calorie tracker and started to pay attention to what I was eating and proper portion sizing.
Wendy is away in San Francisco right now, so she ran the 5K with her husband Geoff across the Golden Gate Bridge! Her time was a very cool 34 minutes.
Wendy & her husband Geoff still wore their Team Hip + Urban Girl T-shirts and it was definitely cool to have both of us each running on a different coast.
The best part of this whole experience was challenging myself to try something new (running a 5K) and sticking to a goal. I never would have imagined that I would ever be one of those ‘runners’ – but just remember, you have to start somewhere and all you have to do is take the first step.
To learn more, visit The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region online. Join the conversation on twitter @CBCF_Ontario and on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/CBCFOntario
Did you participate in The CIBC Run for the Cure this year? How did you do? What was your goal and your final time? Share with us in our comments below!