Posted: Jun 9, 2013 9:31 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
Updated: Jun 9, 2013 9:32 AM
HELENA - All the participants at Saturday's 40th annual Montana Governor's Cup should be proud that they finished the race, but for Cecelia Hamilton, crossing the finish line was more like the start.
This was her first 5K race and she said she's been preparing for Saturday with a bit of gym time.
"Four days a week and mostly walking, got a little running in and felt comfortable, so... I mean that's the extent of the training, I guess," said Hamilton.
She admits that she wasn't able to run the whole five kilometers: "I would call it a brisk walk," she laughs, "but we walked most of it...it felt really good and you know, I still get winded, and at least I can do it and not winded as I used to get."
That's saying a lot, because Hamilton has cystic fibrosis.
She explained, "I wasn't diagnosed until I was seven, then just a lot of treatments. I've always had just the lung problems, it's just kind of -- it'll affect your pancreas and your digestive system, but I always just had problems with my lungs."
This year, she celebrates five years since her double lung transplant in 2008 - and the Governor's Cup race is a way for her to commemorate that.
"I just decided I should do it big, I guess," she said with a smile.
She finished at around 49 minutes, which was even better than what she had hoped for. Hamilton had aimed to do it in under an hour and while it didn't win her an award, she left plenty others in her dust.
"It felt really good to pass some people, which sounds really mean, but I never used to be able to do that, so... no, I mean it was great. I had my husband and one of my best friends there. It was a good way to do it, I think," Hamilton finishes.
She plans to run the Governor's Cup 5K again next year and hopes to improve on her time, but for the challenge she continues to overcome, that race is slow and steady.