If you live in Grand Rapids, you know about the annual Riverbank Run, 25k race. It's huge around here. Everyone participates in some fashion. Whether you walk, run a 5k, run a 10k or even run the 25k, you participate. They even have runs for the kids.. For the past couple of years, I have been a participate. This year was different.
Coming off our marathon, I had and currently have Plantar Facittis super bad. I also am walking around with two painful knees, which I equate to not stretching enough with the PF and possible tendonitis.. SUCK!
So, I've had to suck up my pride this year and not run it.. Especially with Dumbo Dare Dumbo training.. I'm not taking any risk.. Rest, run, rest, ice, run, stretch, stretch, yoga and more stretch.. you get the point.
This year, I was proud to be able to cheer on a bunch of my friends and my husband who ran the 10k..
I was proud of him, especially since he hasn't trained at all, which is silly, but six miles is nothing when we trained and ran 26..
It was weird to be on the other side of the fence this time. Instead of running towards a finish line, I was cheering at one. It offers a different perspective and I had tears in my eyes.
I couldn't be more proud of my husband who ran his first 5k last year, ran a marathon in January and now did this! He has come along in his running journey!
Although I have had lots of injuries, when I run pain free some day, I will remember to savor the journey. For today, I'm thankful for a different perspective and to encourage my husband near the finish line.
Congrats to my husband for being my hero and always cheering me on ! This one is for you!!!
QUESTION: Who is your hero?