Race Day! I think most of you by now know that my Aunt Ann has been battling breast cancer since January. Erin & I couldn’t just sit around and do nothing while she was in the fight of her life. So, we talked about it and decided to join the Race for the Cure in Colorado Springs on September 11, 2011. We decided this in February. Glad we did!! That gave me enough time to train for the race J In March we called Aunt Ann & told her what we were planning and that we would LOVE for her to see us cross that finish line. Without hesitation she said “YES, YES!!” So thus the plan began. We would have a family get-together in Colorado Springs in September. Now, before this day got here I knew I had some training to do. I have never been a “runner”. I have never hated it, but also never had a love for it. I also have a slight problem with drop foot with my left foot which makes me very unsure most of the time. I just know with every step the next one I will fall. I have to say that after training and learning to trust myself that fear has lessened.
I started training hard in April…yes; I waited a while before I started running everyday L That’s ok, though I had plenty of time! So, back to April….we were in California for a few weeks with David while he was working and so what a better place to start training, right?! It was amazing! I got to run with a great friend a time or two, with David, and by myself. For the most part it was just I & the boys running. It was a great time for me to talk with the boys about what we were doing and why. If you ask them why we were running their response would be “for Aunt Ann to get better!” Now that’s motivation!!!! Once we got back to Colorado, it took a little more motivation to get me going. It was still cool here & the wind was a kicker when you are pushing uphill 80 pounds of kids. We persevered and did it. David definitely brought out the ole drill sergeant thing a time or two……. I have to say that God would show His face so many times during our training. You see, the sky here is beautiful (not as big as Montana, but pretty big). God would use His tapestry on more than one occasion to say to me to keep going, that I had set a goal worth keeping & He was hearing our prayers to heal Aunt Ann.
|A beatiful senset after our run one evening|
|First there was a beautiful rainbow|
|Not sure if you can see it in this picture, but the single rainbow turned into a double rainbow!|
After months of training, Race Day had arrived. (You can see in my previous post how much I love my family & how special they are!) We had to get up REALLY early….like 4:30 am I was out of the shower! I wasn’t sleepy though, I was ready. We were all up & eating breakfast and getting ready. Aunt Ann braided all of the girl’s hair. She has done this all of our lives…it was a great touch to have her doing that for us on race day. We left for Garden of the Gods around 6:15 am. Ready to run!! We got there and walked around all of the area to see what all they had for goodies and then got ready to line-up to run. The race began at 8:00 am. We were able to see the sun reflecting on Pikes Peak as it rose. It was like God was saying to me He was there & watching us fulfill this. Calming I tell ya! We go to line up for the race and start to realize how many people are there….it was a LOT! It was moving to see all the people that are/were affected by this disease and how we were all there in support of a CURE. Adolfo had decided that he would run the race with us & my friend Elena had graciously loaned us a jogging stroller so running for Aunt Ann’s team was: David, myself, Jackson & Jonathan (in our stroller), Erin, Adolfo, Parker & Caroline (in a stroller) and then Anna Kate. I was just overwhelmed with emotion walking up to the starting line. Thinking about how Erin & I had started out thinking just the 2 of us would be running and then it turning into our husbands & kids joining us along with our little sister. I could cry again right now just thinking about it.
We started running at 8:00 with about 8,000 other people. In one of the most beautiful places that was created by God’s hands. The first mile is pretty much killer. Uphill…the whole time. We just pushed through & made it. We had such a great time running with each other & we would encourage each other to keep going and laughed a lot, too! When we came down the final hill there were people lined up on each side to cheer us on. Then we got to about the last ½ mile and there was Dad waiting with Anna Kate. Anna Kate wanted to go with us so bad, but we thought the beginning might be a little treacherous for her. We decided she would join us to run the last bit & cross the finish line together. She was so excited when she saw us coming down that hill towards her! She loves Aunt Ann as much as we do & wanted to do her part, too! Such a great loving family I have!!!! Back on track…..as we approached the finish line we saw Aunt Ann, Aunt Lou, Uncle Ed, & Uncle Billy. We had our own cheering section. We FINISHED!!!!! We ran it in about 40 minutes. Now…I know that’s not a great time, but it felt like a great time for me so I’ll take it!
|The front of the shirt Rach designed for us....Those are Aunt Ann's initial's :)|
|Team shirts!!! Thanks Rach|
|Ready to Race!|
|Along with everyone else..|
|Joanthan is ready for the race, too!|
|No caption needed!|
|Release of the ballons...for a CURE|
|Almost to the finish!!! Jonathan wanted to get out & run across the finish line, too. Jackson decided to ride|
|Crossing the finish line!|
|Loving on Aunt Ann|
|Anna Kate turning in her donations with Aunt Ann|
|As we were leaving I snapped one last picture of our view|
|Hair TODAY, GONE tomorrow, CURE FOREVER!!!!|