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Today I was Inspired…

  Today I watched my mother cross the finish line of her first (and probably last) marathon. She is 59. It is more than safe to say that at 32, she would have kicked my butt. I would still be crying at mile 2.

I will digress for one moment and let you in on a now famous story that will probably make it’s way into my eulogy somehow. In high school I went out for cross country. I am not sure why since I hated exercise of most any kind, but my parents were runners and somehow convinced me that this was the sport for me.  An athlete I am not. Anyway, the first meet comes around and suddenly despite lots of “practice” it occurs to me that I am going to have to actually run and that there are hills involved. And that the run is longer than from the couch to the fridge. So I do what any trained, superstar athlete would do when confronted with having to run a long distance (sadly, it was 2 miles). I wait until I go into a grove of trees and fake an fall which “injured” my knee. So clearly, marathons are probably not in my future.

My mom has been training for 4 months. Today, she wore a metal denoting she ran 26.2 miles. I could not be more proud of her. I found myself tearing up so many times today watching her run (yes Courtney, I cried). I am just amazed at her strength, courage, determination and perseverance to finish this race. The best part for me was watching Lily meet her in the last stretch so that they could cross the finish line together.

                                             

They actually held hands as they crossed the line, but I missed that in the picture. Of course, after they finished, I got asked the obvious question, “How come I don’t get a medal too?” I explained to Lily that you had to run in the race to get a medal. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “But I did.” Oh sweetie, if only we got a medal for running the race for a few feet, we would need a bigger house to hold all of mommy’s cross country medals.

I am so proud of you mom!! Feel free to send your congrats in the comments. She is my most loyal reader.

Comments

  1. Sally says:

    I am so impressed and inspired! Tom and I wonder which marathon she ran? Way to go Jill’s mom!!

  2. Maxime says:

    Wow! That is awesome.. She would kick my behind, too.. And I’m 20.. But hey – I’m preggo so I have a good excuse!

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Very impressive! Way to go “mom”!
    I was one of those silly people who went out for cross-country in high school. And actually did it for 4 years! Never finished better than “close to last”, but I did manage to finish! I’m not really an athlete either and I’m really not sure why I did it. It’s one of those things that’s an anomaly in my life!

  4. My mom is in better shape than me also – at 66! But I have to say that in the past year I have managed to begin exercising and I feel great. I wish I could run (I know, that does sound funny) but I have a strange condition in my knees and have been instructed not to run by my orthopedic surgeon. Oh well.

    This was a sweet story :)

    ~Heather :)

  5. Kathryn says:

    Way to go “Mom”. You go girl!

  6. Auntie N says:

    CONGRATULATIONS , JAN!! I wept for joy for you when I talked to Craig yesterday and realized YOU WERE REALLY RUNNING 26.2 MILES! I WEPT AS YOU REMEMBERED RUNNING A MILE WITH DAD, and I’m weeping again as I read Jill’s tribute to you and saw the picture of you and Lily crossing the finish line! We, too, are incredibly proud of your accomplishment but also of your focused and purposeful obedience to God as He challenges you to go further than you have ever gone before. This is the beginning of the next phase of your service to Him. WAY TO GO, GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I give God all the glory. He brought me to it and He brought me through it. It wouldn’t have been nearly as sweet without all of the prayers and support from family and friends and especially my patient husband!! I am truly blessed and glad that the run is done!!

  8. That is awesome- your mom rocks!! Congrats!!

  9. Auntie S says:

    I can’t say it any better than Auntie N. We are so, so proud of your accomplishments, but even more than that to the fact that you are so tuned in to God’s leading. You are an inspiration to all who know you. I love you!

  10. Just like you asked – I said a prayer for your mom yesterday at about 10:30 – I am so glad to read this post and so proud of her!!!!!!!

  11. Wow, awesome!

  12. Neat!

  13. Heather says:

    Wow! That is truly impressive and inspiring for sure (not your XC stories, your mom running the race).

  14. That’s awesome. There is definitely something to be proud of finishing a marathon or any race for that matter. There’s also something to be proud of in faking a knee injury well enough to get out of a race. That too is a practiced sport :)

  15. Wow, congrats to your mom! How awesome is that. And that pic of Lily crossing the finish with her is far to precious for words.

  16. Courtney W. says:

    Congrats, Mom Shep!! I am so proud of you!!! You are always proof of what God can do when He feels like showing off. :-) I LOVE that my bookie got all emotional. Awwww,seeeeeeeeee??

    :-)

  17. That is truly amazing! Congratulations to your mom. I’ve now finished two 5Ks, and that’s probably the longest race I’ll ever do.

  18. haha. I’m so proud of your Mom and your daughter. :)
    I run.
    don’t really know if I enjoy it.
    but I’m hoping I’ll see results from it.
    I’m aiming to lose 60 pounds this year.
    Last year, I lost 40, so now 60 more to go.
    I haven’t lost any yet, this year. Don’t know what’s happening!!!

    thanks for the read.
    I was in the neighborhood and thought I’d stop by.
    catch you around,
    D

  19. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Pickling

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