Last December Butter and I ran the Festival of Lights 5K. The Christmas theme, luminaries that light the course, and runners decked out in holiday attire were the draw for me. It was my first 5 K ever at 51. I invited iMac but he said he hadn’t trained so he opted out. Soon after imac started running and has kept it up since last December. This year he was ready to run his first 5K. Truth be told he was ready last year but he just didn’t know it. We invited Molly, who is a real runner, having completed both the Boston and NYC marathons this year at age 76. When nephew Shane, age 10, heard about our plan he decided he wanted to come with Molly. Molly designed a training program for him for his very first 5K. Soon we had Shane’s mama/ my sister on board to come as our cheering committee. She was our photographer and cheerleader. She’s a pretty devoted fitness subscriber, but belongs to the church of Peloton, rather than the cult of running.
As you know I barely trained this year due to asthma, chronic sinusitis and sinus surgery, but I did it anyway! I was able to run the first 2 miles without stopping to walk. I did need my inhaler which was in the car, so not really accessible so I walked from the 2 mile mark until the 2.5 mile mark and ran the last half mile. Everyone involved is ready to sign up for next year. This morning we’ll meet up for breakfast and then Molly, Kara and Shane will head back to winter temperatures in Virginia and Maryland.
It was so wonderful to be surrounded by so much joy. We weren’t sure we’d find it again after we lost you, but we are finding our way, cherishing every glimmer of hope and moment of joy.
Love you and miss you,