Written by Fellow Flower, Sandy Pinto
I am currently 68 years old and have just discovered running, thanks to my daughter. I started running in April 2013, and my daughter talked me into running a half marathon relay in Sarasota, taking place in March 2014. During that time, I was running/walking about 3 miles every other day. I was a little scared, but I signed up.
An Interruption in Training
In June 2013 I had a bad pap smear, and I went through six months of testing, with results always indicating a pre-cancerous condition. My doctor told me that I needed a total hysterectomy. The first thing out of my mouth, “I have a race in March.” She kind of laughed and said I would be ready. Sure!
After the total hysterectomy in December 2013, there was no cancer.
Tackling Two Races Post-Surgery
I was cleared to start running at the end of January 2014. I knew I had to run 5.5 miles—my portion of the half marathon relay. In the meantime, I received a Declare It Day challenge from Fellow Flowers. I declared that I would run a 10K before my 68th birthday. The half marathon measured the course different and I had to run/walk 6.2 miles (not 5.5 miles like I expected). After that race, I signed up for another 10K two weeks later. I did it. I am not in the same category as most runners because I am slower than most, but I am doing this!
Declare It Day is such an inspiration, and it pushed me to challenge myself to do something that wasn’t “me.” I can’t possibly tell you how much this organization means to me. I am now known in my community as the lady that runs with the flower in her visor—I run with a flower every time I run.