On the evening of November 15th, 8 Awesome Fit School Women crossed the finish line at the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. One of those women was my mom, Mary.
As you can tell from this photo, I am very proud of my mom. Her journey to the finish line in 3:36 was not an easy one. She has never been much of an exerciser, so a half marathon goal was a little extreme. The trip to Vegas was my gift to her for her 71st birthday. Along with a trip voucher, she got a 6-month training plan and race entry (I know a lot of you are thinking, “I’m glad that I’m not her mom”!).
My mom still lives in the rural Pennsylvania town where I grew up. Since she works as a care-taker during the night, she would drive to a neighborhood track after she got off work at 7am. Here is where she would power-walk each day before heading home to bed. This was a whole new routine from her busy, but pretty sedentary lifestyle.
During the 6 months of training, a lot happened. My mom broke her toe, her husband had some health issues, her knee replacement hurt, and she even got food poisoning the night before the race. Some great things happened too. We became closer by talking about training and anticipating having a vacation together, she actually started enjoying her exercise routine, and during her training and during the race, she did not complain once (at least to me!). Oh, she also lost 23 pounds!
My mom inspired me in a way I never thought possible. So, if you ever think you are too old, too heavy, too broken, too busy, or too anything, just think of Mary. You can do so much more than you think. Persevere and keep going. You got this!