Back on November 8th, I participated in Milan’s first Holly Run 5k. It is a race that I had marked on my calendar since the date had been announced. The race was to benefit Life Is Good No Matter What, a foundation created in memory of Holly Sneider (a beautiful soul that I am honored to have known). It offers a way for adults with a cancer diagnosis to have an “escape” for several hours, days, or a week from that diagnosis so often monopolizes their life. More information on Life Is Good No Matter What can be found at this link.
One of my besties, Lydia, and I went together to the race. We arrived about 40 minutes before the start and could already tell that this chilly November morning was going to allow for an excellent race with an awesome turnout. We picked up our race packets (which included these super cute shirts) and sat in my car waiting until a suitable moment to run over to the start line since we both are freeze babies.
That time shortly arrived and we lined up. Prior to the race starting, there were touching speeches during which I’m pretty sure I shed a tear or two, introductions of previous recipients of escapes, and finally the motorcycles were revved to signal the start. And we were off!
I had absolutely zero goals for this race other than to enjoy the day and to run for Holly. I found my legs falling into a quick cadence that felt sustainable and I felt really good. Probably the best I have felt since having a baby in relation to running. I felt like myself.
We wound through the town of Milan, past the cemetery, through some neighborhoods, past the schools, and I enjoyed how much this town had come together for this event. It’s a reflection upon just how close knit a small town is and how much Holly was loved. When I rounded the final corner and actually saw how fast I had been running, I was super shocked. I pushed and gave it my all across the finish line.
Final Finish: 21:26
2nd Overall Female
I was only 3 seconds off my 5k PR. I felt good and was able to run hard on minimal training and only 3 months after having a super wonderful baby boy. I’d like to think that Holly had something to do with that as I know she was watching over all 700 people that participated in some shape and form in this special event. I plan to run this race each year as it holds special significance, was a very organized and runner friendly event, and goes to a great cause. Here’s a link to the Sandusky Register article post-race: Holly Run 5K
For those in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton areas, there will be a 2nd Holly Run on December 6th in Akron. Registration can be found here: Holly Run Akron Please consider registering to help benefit a worthy charity organization!