Biggest Loser Half Marathon SelfieLast Sunday I ran the Biggest Loser Half Marathon for the 2nd year.  A race that was filled with a lot of emotion for me, but not for the obvious reasons that would normally be on a runner’s mind.

Shands at UFJust a week before Christmas we found ourselves in the surgical waiting room at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida waiting for my Mom to come out of surgery.  Then for the next 3 days we waited for her to be released to come home the week before Christmas to begin healing.

She had planned on walking the Biggest Loser Half Marathon with me as her first official Half Marathon!  Something she had worked towards and looked forward to most of 2014!  But that training was also what prompted her to seek medical attention.  So the sport I love and adore may have played a major part in saving my Mom’s life and for that I will be forever grateful!

She has spent the last couple of weeks recovering from that invasive surgery and while we wait for the official results of her biopsies to talk more about what is going on with her health, we also relish in every second that we are still together and that we have the ability to go on and do great things.

So as I started getting ready on race morning I took my last race morning selfie of 2014 and Tammy & Amberdedicated my race to my Mom.  Having not ran in at least 3 weeks, my expectations were to just finish and to put the time on the clock as one more minute I would have with my Mama.  So the longer I took, the longer I had her with me.  This was a totally different perspective on racing that I had never taken before and it was wonderful to finish a race with a higher time which meant so much to me.

Tammy & RobinAs I was on the course that day running/walking with so many in my fellow running community, I was thinking of her constantly.  I had the great pleasure to be there with some great friends also, like Amber & Robin.  Some wonderfully inspiring women that I have the wonderful pleasure of calling friend(s)!

This race was number 18 for 2014 and my 17th Half Marathon to date.  My running journey may be long and some days hard, but nothing compares to how my world would be turned upside down without my Mama by my side!  Though there was no PR (personal record) in my plan for this day, I gave my best EVEN THOUGH it was that race day’s best and for me that was enough to make my runner heart happy.

I love you Mom!  ALWAYS xo

Mom & Me 2014