Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Run for Jen

My littlest does not start preschool until Sept. 18, so when I don't have anyone to stay with her, we head to the gym to run.  Today, was a gym day and I set out to do four miles.

I stretched, picked some rocking music and hit go.  As I was running, I started thinking about one of the blogs that I read yesterday.  The blog is Run For The Boys.  Do you read it?  I think you would like it.

This coming weekend, Mrs. RFTB's will be running in the Pocatella Marathon, her first.

What I didn't know until reading yesterday, was that she is a two time cancer survivor.  She was just 21 months old when she had cobalt radiation treatments which poses the risk of never being able to walk, plus she was given only a 30% chance of survival.

She goes on to talk about her parents, who were just 21 and 19 at that time.  Wow, I cannot even imagine what that must of been like.  But here she is today, 37 years after that diagnosis about to run a marathon!  Boy, I bet they are two very proud parents.

I love her blog because she is honest, dedicated and she doesn't hold back.  Plus, she runs at my pace.  LOL  Reading about her training keeps me motivated and, Jen, I thank you for that.

Another thing I learned is that her best friend is Erin of See Mom Run Far.  That is one of the first blogs I started following, not just because it is a running blog, but because she is the hardest working, dedicated and patient mom and runner I have ever "known."

Knowing that these two ladies are friends does not surprise me.

So, as I was running, I felt the need to run for Jen and 4 miles was not going to cut it.  So, I decided right then and there, at mile two, that today was my own personal virtual 10k for her.  Today, she was my inspiration.

As I was running, I thought about her struggles and her survival.  I thought about Brandon, who I ran for this past Sunday, and of course, I thought about Haley, who I run for everyday.  I do not know what life is really like for them or their parents, but they are all strong and amazing people who took what was thrown in front of them and keep on going.  It takes a very special person to be able to do that.

I also thought about my children who I love more than anything.  They are mine and Mr. RWM's life.  I thank God everyday that they are healthy and happy.

I finished my 10k for Jen at 71 minutes.  The time is a little off since the treadmill only goes to 60 minutes and then tells you to get off.  I had to restart it to finish the last .95.

It was a good run and also my longest in more than 3 weeks.  I have 10 miles on the schedule for this weekend which I am welcoming with open arms.  I can run, so I will.

Jen, you worked hard and put in the miles.  You are more than ready for this race and I am excited for you.

Erin, I just read Goals and I know you can do what you set out for, I can feel it in my heart.

I will be thinking of both of you this weekend and looking forward to reading all about it.  High fives
and hugs to you both!

Run Strong, Think Big.


  1. How beautiful and you have me in tears. Thank you so much for this. I will be thinking of you Saturday!

  2. Thank you ao very much for your kind and supportive words and for running for Jennifer!! Big hugs from me!!!!!

  3. I'm verklempt RWM! Jen - you rock.

  4. Beautiful words! Just as their stories inspire you, your words inspire many too. Keep on doing what you do!!!