Raquel’s Very First Race


Waking up on the morning of September 28, 2013 was very moving. It was such a beautiful day and I had the privilege to participate in my first-ever 5k. I was very pleased to be doing it for sickle cell anemia.  This disease has a great effect on many people, it is a hereditary disease and is dangerous to one’s life.

Sickle cell is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells, these red blood cells are essential for oxygen and the sickle cells tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs, this disease is very common in people and many do not know about it.

It felt great running for a cause. I car pooled with one of the other cheerleaders and we just couldn’t stop talking about how pumped we were.   We got the chance to meet the host for the 5k sickle cell and I was very honored and happy to meet someone like him.

It was 6:30 am and we were ready to go!

After we arrived we met up with the other girls and we went to register. I got my number and immediately starting stretching and setting a goal for myself which was to not stop running until I reached the finish line.

At that point my heart was racing and I was ready to run.  Once they said “GO” I started off great I kept a nice pace of 9:00 minutes per mile and then slowed down after the third mile.  Even though I stopped for a drink of water I reminded myself why I was there and I kept running plus everyone around kept encouraging me so it was a very nice experience.

I remember just focusing on not stopping and then suddenly I saw that we were coming up to the finish line and my first instinct was to run faster.  Thanks to my motivation I placed second place in my age division. I was so happy and thrilled to not only complete my 5k in 27.08 minutes but to receive a medal.  It was a great accomplishment and I can’t wait until the next 5k comes around. See you on the side lines!

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