I think a revelation just came over me. Why did I start running June 2009 just out of the blue? Why did I run my first 5k August 2009 out of the blue. Why did I find an urge to gradually add miles to my runs? Why did I run my first HM? Why in the heck am I loving and fully embracing distance running and truly enjoy Half Marathons? Is it because it is my destiny to pay tribute to my mom who fought hard against the breast cancer that invaded her body without an invitation? I watched her fight, endure chemo, the wigs, the smiles, the tears, the solid month of radiation and the hope that she held in her heart that she would beat the Beast.
I watched her in her final weeks that eventually brought her to ICU. We did not know those would be her final weeks. Perhaps she did? That is only known by her and God. I feel deep in my heart that this is the driving force that propels me forward with my running. I still find there are times that I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that I am a runner. I have a Garmin that proves that I have run the miles and the pacing required to keep me healthy. I have a strong urge to now up the ante. I never saw this coming. Why am I doing this?
I am very active with the Jeff Galloway Spark Team and we are a tight group. Catherine (live2run4life) has been such a special supporter of mine since the beginning of my running career. Cindy (trillium22) knows the Galloway method every which way and is so eager to share her knowledge. Cindy, you will never know just how much I have learned from you and Catherine. These two special friends will be running the 26.2 With Donna Marathon this coming February in Jacksonville, FL. This event does not fit in to my running schedule which is sad because they will both be there. This event raises ALOT of money for breast cancer research. Breast cancer hangs over my head like a very dark cloud.
However, the light bulb seriously switched on in my head after Cindy shared a 26.2 With Donna video with me today. *Tears* I had that a ha moment and now I know. The 2013 26.2 With Donna Marathon will most likely be my first full marathon. It makes complete sense. My 2012 racing schedule is coming together and I will tweak it in order to start marathon training for 2013.
I will run my first FULL marathon in honor of my Mom. This particular running event offers Jeff Galloway pacing groups and a 7 hour time limit of which I am confident I can beat fairly easily. It doesn’t get any better than that for a JG runner. I am ready. I discussed this with my Dr. Lake that knows my body structure from head to toe. She gave me two thumbs up which is important to me. One of the best aspects of this event is it touts PINK and ya’ll know how giddy PINK makes me.
I am now starting to understand that God showed me the way to running and the personal growth that comes with it. I feel so blessed every day that I head out for a run that I have the ability to enjoy this sport. If it wasn’t for Mom, I wouldn’t have become so proactive with my health and ultimately found running. I am very sure that she is smiling and very proud of what I have accomplished.
Mom, you haven’t seen everything yet! You have the best seat in the house as you watch me from Heaven. I do this in honor of you. I love you and miss you so much. One day we shall be together again and I will bring my beloved bling with me. Oh the stories I have for you! I do this in honor of you!
If you are still reading this, THANK YOU!
Think pink and ladies, get that mammogram!
My favorite photo of Mom whom I miss so much.