we slumbered earlier than usual for a saturday and it rained cats and dogs throughout the night and i had a few dreams where i was trying desperately to get to the race but kept hitting roadblocks. we were woken up by more rain along with the alarm, actually it was teaming, then some thunder and lightning....
"we been through every kind of rain there is. little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. shoot, it even rained at night..." forrest gump
i have a very close friend who has a very close connection to the weatherman behind those pearly gates up in those not so close clouds so i asked her to put in a good word for us and our fellow runners.
i am so proud. i am proud of my time, my friends who showed up and ran their hearts out and cheered us on, and my amazing family, all of who have completely supported me all these months.
my dad, who has given up his time so i could run while he watched matty and who keeps his spirit high in the face of being dealt a card of adversity. it's not always easy but yesterday, as i looked around and took it all in, we have each other, and thank god for that. for our amazing friends and amazing family.
We made a difference!! and i am so completely grateful.. please take the time to watch this amazing video with such an inspiring song.....my go-to song for this race....just because...and then a whole bunch of pictures from the race....
for these times....what 's your wish?
|matty & pa at kessler, then|
|our numbers...shannon, jeff, and me|
|kathy (our photographer), shann & our cheerleaders, and erin's awesome sign|
|there i am starting, in the center, to the right of joey (in black) and to the left of the guy with the red shirt....jeff is trotting in front of us with the white shirt...thanks nic for running me down to take the candid picture!!|
|jeff, first to finish!|
|jessica and joey|
|ann marie in red|
|me & nicole (photographer, cheerleader, and 5k-er to be)|
|our team, after|
|me & jeff|
|the little face paintees|
|shann & gram|
|getting our awards!!|
|matty & pa, now|