So it's done and dusted for this year - the Pinkathon , the all-women's run for breast cancer awareness. Remember how excited I had been about it last November? I devoted some two months of practice and three blog posts to it (here is one of them ) not to talk of the innumerable mentions on Facebook. I registered a month in advance and was super excited and a little anxious wondering if I'd finish the 5Km I'd set out to do.
There really is something special about a first time.
This year I did it again but without half the enthusiasm. I managed a spot registration just a day before the run and went in without any preparation at all.
I won't even go into the reasons for the lack of enthusiasm that seems to of late, cloud almost all things I used to love. The important part is that I did manage to push myself to complete 5kms. The moment the first warm up Zumba song rang out I knew I was going to have fun, even though I was sorely missing my last year's buddy who has since moved to a different country.
I have to say this - Ladies, if your city hosts the Pinkathon go for it at least once. It offers a valuable message: Choose a healthy lifestyle, do not ignore your fitness, make time for it. That's something most women are likely to forget, specially once the kids come along.
If that doesn't pull you in, go for the fun of it. It's a party out there. The Pinkathon is like the happiest, most amazing carnival ever. Women of all shapes and sizes run this marathon. Heck! you don't even need to run - a jog or a walk is good enough. It is currently hosted in 8 Indian cities - Pune, Bombay, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
I would have liked to go for 10 Kms like I'd resolved last year but that didn't happen. However, since I'd been walking/jogging on and off, this was quite effortless. Last year it marked the culmination of my fitness efforts, this year I am hoping it marks the start of it.
Oh and did I mention the brand ambassador remains hot as ever? Well he does.
Here are some pictures from the event.
|Brand Ambassador Milind Soman takes the stage.|
Please note how dark it was when the event began. Waking up early was the toughest part.
|The cancer survivor 'sheroes' being felicitated. |
They ran the 5kms with us.
|The young ones...|
|...and the old.|
|The royally dressed up 'dholwalahs'|
|Our flagoff by the man himself.|
|The sari brigade|
|On the trampoline just for fun.|
|After the run|
Labels: Breast Cancer Awareness, Microblog Mondays, Pinkathon