Today, as many of you know, my sister will be running the Monumental Marathon. This day a year ago was supposed to be her day. She was going to run her first marathon, and I was going to run my first half marathon. Instead, she had to stand by, as I lined up for the race, after doing a 22 miler and fracturing her hip. As her big sister, I tend to always want to take care of her, make things about her and yes, of course be overbearing :). So, things have a funny way of working out. I don't think I would have done so well in the 1/2 if she hadn't been there that day to take care of me, give me mental support, make sure I ate the right breakfast and made the day about me. Instead of pouting, she took care of me and showed up at all the important spots to cheer me on. She was at the beginning, the 10 mile mark which she knew was a big goal for me (the farthest I had run was 8 miles due to a crazy work schedule) and the end as pictured above. She limped all over Indianapolis to cheer me on.
I will be tracking her progress from PA, but I'm not concerned or even interested in her speed, how much she runs or walks......What I'm most proud of is that over this past year she has learned some very valuable lessons about who she is, why she is running and the joy and reward of encouraging others instead of trying to set PRs. In other words, I think we all often get caught up in the gear, the PRs - let's call it runner's chic, but what running is really about is personal health and inspiration.
You go Karo! I will be with you in spirit for every foot strike. I am so proud of you and can't wait for a pic to put up top of you on your day. I also want to give a shout out to Val and Stacia.
Rock it girls!
UPDATE: THEY DID IT! KARO RAN THE WHOLE 26.2 WITHOUT STOPPING.
Adventuresses in healthy living.