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The ASK 5k in RVA

This morning I woke up at 7AM.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  It’s Saturday, why aren’t you sleeping in?  And on most Saturdays that couldn’t be more true.  Saturday morning is the morning where you wake up and realize I don’t have class today.  You wake up with a smile, make some breakfast, check your email, go on Twitter, and check your Instagram.

I may have been a little tired this morning and super tired now, but I woke up with a smile on my face because I’m running for a good cause.  I love doing charity and in the midst of final exams, school, work, and internships, I forgot how much I miss doing charity work.  That good feeling that you get from your tired muscles after knowing that you did something good.

I ran the ASK 5k in 2012, 2013, and this year.  I couldn’t go last year because I had a forensics and debate trip that same weekend.  But after watching Bubzbeauty’s teespring campaign and buy that super cute I’m a Unicorn shirt, I knew that I wanted to get back in the habit of doing charity work.  I know finding a job is important, but sometimes its good to lend a helping hand, to get your hands dirty, and your body going.

When I got to the Diamond this morning, where the ASK 5K and fun walk is located.  I looked around and smiled at the sea of people that came to run.  There were families running in memory of a loved one and runners with a good heart.  There are so many children affected by cancer.  And with this one race, we can help make their lives better.  The ASK 5K in Richmond raised $148,448 so far!

My leg muscles are aching and I can feel them shaking as I walk up the stairs.  But I’m happy (and severely out of shape).  Despite my slow pace, I still finished the race in 36 minutes.  (That may be really slow for some people, but keep in mind I haven’t really worked out in months!)

I know already my legs will hurt tomorrow but knowing that my achey muscles and fundraised money will help make a child’s day, makes it all worthwhile.