UPDATE: They finished and the results are as follows (this 1/2 marathon was 13.1 miles, not KM people, MILES!)
Dad - 3 hours 35 minutes and 11 seconds, finished 8876 overall and 2777 in the mens category
Mom - 3 hours 35 minutes and 11 seconds, finished 8877 overall and 6100 in the women's category
Great Job Guys!
I'm going to be late for church this morning. At least, as it stands right now, I'm going to be late. It's 9 am, and I'm supposed to be getting dressed, feeding my kids and heading out the door. Instead, I'm sitting in my recliner, still in my PJ's, glued to my computer.
I'm not stuck here because I'm still trying to design and get ready to release something new and fantastic (although I am and it's pretty much causing my brain to catch fire). It's not because Facebook offers huge amounts of entertainment (haha), or because blogging is that distracting.
Transformation.com. The events that took place from there are amazing and some of the most life changing she's ever experienced, that we've ever seen in her. Her Transformation story, while not complete is one that is moving and one that I'm going to let her share with you in a guest post that is soon to come.
One of the things that Bill Philips the organizer and founder of Transformation.com does every year is organize a marathon to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. This marathon holds so much for so many, the chance to help someone else, another step in their journey, an opprotunity to have a little extra exercise and, for people like my parents - a chance to acheive a dream they didn't even know they had.
An accident a few years ago has left my Mom with a back injury that haunts her days, that makes doing some of the simpliest things excruciating, that has taken so much from her. My Dad has a bad leg, in fact to say he has a bad leg is an understatement. He has a knee that is trashed, destroyed and in desperate need of replacement. Over the years his drive to work hard and get 'er done, has caused him to be less than kind to his body and that body is starting to speak up. Some nights he can't sleep, inspite of the pain medicine, because the hurt is so deep.
Today, they took the back pain and the knee pain and put it aside. In fact it's kind of like they flipped those hurts the bird. My mom has been training for months to do this, because she had to. Because she wanted to, because somebody's little kid needs her to. My Dad has been training, when he's not working right along side her, because she asked him to, because he loves her and because he wouldn't rather be anywhere else.
The pride that I have for the both of them is HUGE! It's intense and it's all consuming! My parents are doing a 1/2 marathon today ya'll, and that is pretty freakin' awesome! I have so much to say, but I don't think I can face saying without sobbing, it's that emotional. Not being there today, to hug them as they cross the line is hard, heartbreaking even.
This transformation thing has given me a new Mom, it's given her perspective, insight and brought into her life new and old friends who, until they arrived she had no idea would be so important to her. They are the voices that encourage when her family can't, they have been the ears that have listened when she's had a broken heart and they've allowed her, a woman with more love in her pinkie than the Dahli Lama has in his whole body to love them back.
Anyways, there's more to share and it will come but for now I'm going to say "Chow!" this blogging is cutting into my watching time and I need to go.
But check out the link above to watch them, and please, if I never ask you to comment again (which I will because I'm needy like that) leave them a comment. Encourage, congratulation, say Hi, tell me your shoe size for all I care, but tell my Mom - Jackie and my Dad - Darwin, how awesome you think they are!
Congratulations Papa and Grammy (Bummy), Mom and Dad - we are so very proud of you today and each one that follows!