Heroes and Villains Dash!

Yesterday was the Heroes and Villains 5K I’ve been anticipating since the Half finished.

When I mentioned to my boss that I was running this race (which supports Memorial Soan Kettering Cancer Research Center) that my friend Reza Pazooki organizes, she suggested Myriad should have a team and that the company would donate to MSK as well! I’ve never managed to get a team together for one of these events before so I was very excited about rallying my coworkers to sign up.

With very short notice I am proud to say we ended up with a team of 7 and my company donated $100 per person to MSK for a total of $700!! The charitable giving from Myriad is really wonderful and the support for getting a team together to run has been really moving. Next month Myriad is sponsoring a team for the Stache Dash, also organized by Reza, for the Movember Foundation! I am hoping with a little more time between now and then we can get an even bigger group together for next time. I’m proud of my company and I am proud of my team!

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Chris George, Vanessa Bloom, Emma Sally, Xena Warrior Princes, Kyle Sciortino, Jeff Rotella, Lisa Hermes

The weather was not beautiful by most standards but after a week of balmy tropical fall weather, I was pretty happy to have a cold rainy day for this race. I know not everyone loves that so I would also like to thank my team for showing up and being such great sports about running on the first day of actual fall weather.

There were a lot of great costumes out there! Lots of Superman and Wonder Woman in particular.

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SUPER!

I was the only Xena. I was a little worried about how my home made breastplate would hold up if it should downpour on us but not only was the rain a light sprinkling at best, but my costume was totally sturdy. There was actually another 5K going on at the same time, and a bunch of older ladies walking the other 5K hollered at me “XENA XENA!!” when I ran by them both ways! It was great to feel that support.

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The race itself was great fun! Since the half I was sick, had some pretty severe back problems which my doctor solved with some pretty serious pharmaceuticals, then I got sick again. In all honesty, until yesterday, I had not run a step since the the half on October 8th. I woke up feeling healthy finally but starting out the race my quads felt a little tight.

I ran and did my best and by the end, I felt stronger and happy to be back in the swing of things. My official time was 32:08.5. I definitely took one of the turns in the wrong spot, but it was close enough, it took me down the same pier I was supposed to go down and back anyway, it was just a few extra steps. Oh well!

Another member of my team, Chris, also took a wrong turn (or rather, lack of a turn) and ended up running an extra mile! That dude is fast because he still beat me (and almost everyone else) to the finish even with a whole extra mile!

Jeff Rotella finished second with a time of 19:43.5! Third was Kyle Sciortino with a time of 22:34.2 and fifth, even with running an extra mile, was Chris George at 24:16.5. Apparently, I brought a pretty serious team. So proud of these guys!

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Alicia Upchurch on my left Lisa Hermes on my right. Check out Lisa’s running blog at Adventures of Running Lisa

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The latest medal in my collection!

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