Monday, December 16, 2013
As most of my SparkFriends know, my Mother passed away on Nov 7 after a challenging year. My sister has been sole caregiver to my mom for the last 8 years. She put my mom as the priority. This can take a toll on one's self, mentally & physically. I'm sure you have all experienced it in some way. One of the things my mom told me was to take care of my sis and insure she wouldn't be alone. I assured her I watch over my sister.
In our "healing" process, I came up to DC to be with my sis for her birthday on Dec 3. I also thought it would be fun to do this 5K on Dec 7. My sis went along with the idea. That week, we trained and walked a 5K as part of getting 5K ready. I like to look at this as another reason why I became healthy and embraced my lifestyle. I've helped a lot of people but I feel part of my purpose was to help my sister now. Were we successful?
The Starting Line!
Symbolically, a new beginning!
Early arrivals at Pentagon Row, the Race Site!
Race Day Biz!
Just some of the vendors in attendance.
We knew where to come after the run!
Moments before the Jingle Bell Start!
Wakefield High School Cheerleaders! Sis & I are Alumni! Go Warriors!
Linnie, (my sis) with 2 girls from Grand Island & Lincoln, Nebraska! (They noticed my red N on my knit cap! Go Big Red!)
Lin was getting into it and in awe of the festive spirit, not only for the Holidays, but also the run community. No matter where you are, runners bond & rock together! We had stopped earlier at Pacers, who had opened their run store early for the occasion. Lin started talking to one of the run train leaders. (They got back to her this week and she is now a "runner in training!" She's taking her life back, People!
So, finally, the air horn went off...and so did we. My race plan? To walk & have fun with my sis, run ahead, and photo her during the race. Lots of short sprints made me think I ran a 10K that morning!
The starting straightaway!
Lin, #3068, realizing "Happy Feet" at the start!
If the cutie pup can do it, so can you!
Following Racing Raindeer!
Making the halfway U-Turn!
Arlington County Police Dept. on the final stretch, cheering & running their sirens for the finishers!
Our local heroes! THE First Responders at the Pentagon on 9/11!
Finishing her first 5K in 14 years!
I'm so proud of my sister!
I always look for the positive in life! I know my parents are happy. I know embracing my journey led me here to share my journey with my sister. I know we're closer that ever before! I look forward to the bright future we're going to share together! My family is my life and I'm getting better for them!
Thanks so much for taking the time so I can share this with my SparkFriends! If you get a chance, welcome LCOUNCILL (Linda) back to SparkPeople!