This past week in my little town was our 78th Annual Rhododenron Festival: We have a plethora of wild Rhody's that grow here on the Olympic Peninsula, the 3rd week of May marks this celebration. Events are happening daily, starting on Sunday with the Rhody Tour, Bed Races along with the Trike Races, Pet Parades, Kiddy Parade, The Grand Parade and ending with our 12k Rhody Run. In the middle of town is our carnival. They're many events going on all week. But, for me the Rhody Run this year was to be a culmination of my six months of working hard at my 5k, 10k & 15K! To have the opportunity to RUN this 12k after walking it many years ago, when at my all time heaviest, meant a lot...then the hamstring tear...and the follow-ups with professionals who clearly said NO RUNNING or WALKING this event. Left me shaking my head and asking 'why'?
I still have no clear answers, but I do know that my daughter was still able to go and by golly I wasn't going to miss out cheering her on! While, she hasn't ran any events she was a bit nervous and sharing her concerns with her Dad and I Friday night, I did my best to reassure her, she CAN DO THIS!
|Before the Rhody Run|
It was bittersweet checking in Sunday morning, getting our packets. I registered us months ago and wanted to still get my number. She & I had #'s736 & 737... An added bonus: my running partner was there as well, so she & Hannah set out together. It made me smile! OK, I also cried...tears of PRIDE for Hannah and a tear or two of sadness for not being able to go with her.
|Hannah & Vicki|
Vicki has become a great friend and running partner. She is also one of my Spin Instructors at the gym and an awesome one at that! We've been running once a week the past few months, well, except through my injuries, we've tried going out weekly. Once I'm healed and can ride, run and spin we'll be back out there~
|And they're off...|
My daughter, who has never ran more than 3 miles at a time, ran the entire 7.5 miles in 1:29. She did a 12 minute mile!! As I was standing at 'THE' corner watching and waiting, visiting with a few Moms I knew, then, I saw her coming...I was jumping and screaming with joy for my girl!! You see, I KNOW what an awesome feeling it is completing an event, I knew she was excited to see the finish line! That last section of the race was around a huge field at Fort Warden, I couldn't help myself and ran that last bit with her. Yes, it hurt, but I just needed to see her to the finish line...
|The moment I saw my girl!!|
Vicki did this race two years ago, and this year she beat her time! How awesome is SHE!! Vicki Shaver, you ROCKED it sister!
|Awesome race times: Vicki & Hannah. Proudly wearing their Race Shirts!|
I AM ONE PROUD MOMMA!!
No excuses, just get out there and TRY! I'll be cheering for you too~