The Boston Marathon has been a bucket list item for me.
For a very long time.
I had given up on ever running it, because, well,
the doctor told me I shouldn't.
I never even thought about walking it...
until this year when my sister Becky said she was going to walk it for the Jimmy Fund.
The race date was September 8th,
which happens to be our parents' anniversary.
52 years for them, and
the 25th year for the walk.
The Jimmy Fund raises money for Dana Farber, which is an organization dedicated to cancer treatment and research.
Our dad started on his cancer journey ten years ago
in the Halls of the Dana Farber Institute.
I'm so grateful for all that's been done for dad,
and for the individuals who do it with such compassion.
We couldn't think of a better way
to celebrate my parents' 52 years together,
than by helping to contribute to such an important cause.
It was a PERFECT day.
We were surrounded by amazing people
and had tremendous support all along the way.
We talked, we laughed, we were inspired by the stories and the people and we just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We did a bit of running along the course, which felt great. It's the Boston Marathon course, for goodness sake! I mention that because the light running actually helped alleviate some of our stiff parts in the later miles. We had sore muscles, achy joints, blister pain and we trudged through it, talking about those who suffer through chemo and radiation and the fall-out associated with cancer treatment. It was a humbling journey. I couldn't have asked for a better walking partner.
We couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
The day after 26.2?
I can hardly move without pain.
I know it will be gone in a day or two.
Like some, I won't have to fight it for weeks, months or years.
A gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who helped support us.
YOU are why our walk was possible.
I'm gonna keep my walkin' shoes on.
I can't wait to sign up for NEXT year.