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Run With All Your Hart

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yesterday I ran a 4 mile race. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to run it. I’ve been very sick for about 3 weeks. I didn’t realize I was as sick as I was, but when the clinical diagnosis was made Friday, it was whooping cough. I had a lab test, but by the time the results get back, I will be over it. The good news was, by the time they diagnosed made, I was past the contagious stage. Who ever thought of whooping cough?? Really. I’m not sure I believe the diagnosis. I was immunized as a child, I actually had whooping cough as a child, and I was hospitalized with it about 12 years ago. Every time I get a cough, I sound like I’m dying. Honestly. Doctors always think the worst with my cough. In any case, I’ve been tired and hardly able to do much running because of my coughing.

The race I ran yesterday was one I did not want to miss. It was one that just hit home with so many people in the running community. It was a race to honor the life of a young mother – Sarah Hart -- who was murdered two months ago while she was out on a run. She was snatched up by a thug who just wanted to rob her. Then he strangled her and hid her body in the woods. Thankfully, they caught him when he went to the hospital to get his injuries treated. She fought him enough to injure him. Now her husband has the task of raising their three children by himself, and he will never know the love of the son she was carrying inside her.

On Friday my doctor gave me some steroids for my lungs, and between that and the antibiotics I actually slept through the night. My husband and I got up at 4:30. We drove to our daughter’s house and got her and two of our grandchildren. They were running the race with us. Actually, my husband was going to run with the kids, and my daughter and I were going to run together. I was hoping to run in 36 minutes or less, but with my lack of air, I knew I would be lucky to break 40. My daughter actually beat me for the first time ever, but not by much. I finished in about 38:25. My husband and the kids came in at about an hour.

But after the race… I had the honor of talking to Sarah Hart’s father. I thanked him for allowing us the opportunity to help them honor Sarah’s life. It was wonderful to talk to him. He is a broken hearted man, trying to make sense of a senseless situation. That was the highlight of the race for me. I was so glad to be able to show support and love to him.

Today I’m very tired. The long day yesterday has worn me out, proving that I’m not as well as I thought I was. But it’s okay. I’ll rest all day. And I’ll make sure I love my family.

Thinking of Sarah’s family today, and so thankful they allowed the running community to show them some love

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    Jeri I thought of you this weekend; I knew you were running to honor Sarah and I so wished it had worked out I could join you! I plan to write her family as I too have a Sister (as she did) and I can imagine how hard it is on her that the two were running together before Sarah turned around & headed back. I applaud you and Brandy for going and being part of this; I know it meant the world to the family to know how many want to offer their love and support!

    I pray you'll feel better soon my friend; no way you'll be held back long... you're a runnin' machine!!

    Look forward to running together again soon!! Take good care of YOU!
    1651 days ago
    You are one of the bravest women I know of!

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    1655 days ago
    You should be proud of what you did. Running a race to honor someone that died so senselessly. Take care of yourself. I am also hoping that all who came in contact with you during your contagious phase were tested.
    1655 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    I agree with the comment that it is great to see 3 generations of runners. What a great example you all are!
    1655 days ago
  • _JODI404
    What a heartbreaking, senseless tragedy!!

    I'm so glad you were well enough to run and support their family!

    Take care of yourself... hopefully you are feeling better every day.

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    1655 days ago
    It does not surprise me that you were part of the heart warming number of supporters that turned out for that race. Such a sad story. How great that you had 3 generations running! What a role model you are! That said; please get a lot of rest today.
    1655 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2012 12:20:25 PM
  • TAMTAM64
    Well done! That is just a special race - so tragic about that young mother.

    Take care of yourself, Jeri!
    1655 days ago
    Congratulations on a courageous run for you in light of your being ill. I'm sure the young lady's family must have been ovewhelmed by all the support. Take care of that whooping cough!
    1655 days ago
    Wonderful that you did such a thoughtful and supportive run for Sarah....and in good time.
    Take time to rest and get well hun emoticon
    1655 days ago
    Jeri I felt so proud of you and your family when I read your blog. What a terrible thing to happen so senseless ruined so many lives.
    Hope you now rest up and take care of yourself
    Anne :)
    1655 days ago
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