May 10, 2012

The most meaningful 5K

When I interviewed for my job almost six years ago, I met a woman with an incredible smile and an incredible personality to match. She made me feel welcome and comfortable immediately. I felt like I was talking to a friend throughout the interview.

When I asked others why they liked working there, they replied "the people." I could understand that response, if only for this woman. 
I got the job, and I got to know this woman a little better. She always had a smile, always had a funny story and always had a fantastic attitude. 

Unfortunately, a few years later, she was diagnosed with cancer. She kept her fabulous attitude, always smiling and never getting down. I've never seen someone go through such a serious illness with such grace. I never heard her utter a compliant.

Earlier this year, she died. 

On Saturday, my firm is participating in a run and walk that benefits a local cancer center in her honor. I'm proudly running the 5K.

I started thinking about my goal for this race: I want a better 5K time. But, then I realized my goal should be to enjoy every moment of this race. If a better time comes along with it, fabulous. If not, I'm honoring this woman with a smile, something she put on my face every time I was in her presence.


  1. What a nice way to honor someone.I hope it is a wonderful race.

  2. Great way to honor someone, I agree...have fun at the 5k and enjoy it! I'm a new follower via the Running blogs site! Follow me back if you'd like to, and blessings!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear that she lost her fight against cancer. It's wonderful that you all participated in memory of her.

    Also, cancer sucks. :(


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