It’s that time of year again! Hero Run time!! I love this race! Every year I run it, it is just as fun and entertaining as the last. 🙂 (Hero Run 5K ) This year it was special for me because I had the chance to run the race with my big sis. 🙂
As I had previously mentioned, in my very first blog post (Welp, here goes nothin’!!) my big sister, Abigail, was the reason I got into running. I didn’t start running because I wanted to, per se. I didn’t start running because I thought I was fast. I simply started running because that’s what she was doing……and I did practically everything she did!! ;-P If you ask her, it wasn’t that cool. lol I joined the track team my freshman year of high school after seeing her participate the year before. I got bit by the running bug then…..and here I am now! 😉
Just as I had fallen away from running for a period of time, so did my sister. She really wanted to start becoming more active and motivated to be physically healthy. This summer, we began working out together and eventually she started the No Boundaries training program with Fleet Feet Mechanicsburg. The Hero Run was to be her goal race for the end of the training program.
No sooner than Abigail started the training program, that she discovered she was pregnant! 0_o Well, that was going to make things difficult! lol 🙂 Despite that, she wasn’t going to quit the program. She was there for every training session she could be at, working hard and preparing for race day. Needless to say, as the pregnancy progressed and the baby belly got bigger, it gets a little more uncomfortable with all the jostling around. I could only imagine! (I was pretty sedentary during my pregnancy)
Race day came and Abigail was understandably nervous. Our plan of attack would be start with 3 minute run, 1 minute walk and go from there depending on how she felt. She started out awesome and really kept her pace nice and steady, not letting all the excitement from the other runners push her to go too fast.
The first mile was a decent uphill and a nice downhill afterwards. As a motivational tactic, I promised her a brief stop for a picture if she ran the entire downhill section. LOL 🙂 Here is our 1 mile/break picture. We kept our run/walk going and eventually needed to increase our walks to 1:30 then to 2 minutes. No matter what, there was no quitting going on here. Helllsss no!
I could sense a little struggle in the last half mile but just the reminder of being so close to finish, as well as the fact that we would see her little men, helped her through. Once we entered the mall, they were there to cheer their Mama on! Our mom was running the race as well and had just finished before we reached the mall entrance. She waited there and ran with us towards the finish. With me beside her and mom behind her, Abigail ran to that finish line. 🙂
To say that I am proud of her would be an understatement. She conquered her fears and doubts and did something that she hasn’t done in years. Not only did she do that, but she did it at a time when most people would have thought it perfectly reasonable to quit. She didn’t quit and she didn’t give up. That’s the way it should be!!!
NEVER GIVE UP