Like I mentioned before, I am running the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll half with my family. My brother Thad and his wife Lacy are training using my Half Marathon Guide for Beginner’s (see links below.) We’re gonna have so much fun! I really can’t wait.
I am proud of them for a few reasons….
- Here’s an Instagram post of mine from last year. I mentioned to my brother at 10pm the night before the Hobbler half-marathon that I was running it in the morning (we were in Utah for a family reunion) and he said he wanted to do it, too. He had never run a race before, and he hadn’t trained, but that’s not what made me a little bit nervous- Thad has Type 1 diabetes and I was nervous about what that would mean when he was running for a couple hours or more. But I wasn’t about to tell him that he couldn’t do it. He had been spending the last year mastering a healthy lifestyle and I wanted to give him just one more reason to be proud of his amazing progress. He did awesome, by the way!!!!
- Another reason: This will be Lacy’s first race!! And she said, “hopefully not my last!” Love that attitude. She has struggled with knee pain, and other setbacks a couple times in her life when she has tried to pick up running, but she is determined to cross that finish line. And she will. I can’t wait to see it. Being a mom and training for a race are no joke! I’m proud of her! Here’s a picture of them training together at her dad’s cabin in Idaho (beautiful!):
- Lastly, they are using this race to raise money for The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. Their daughter Carly was born with a severe case of hydrocephalus. Today, she is 7. She’s healthy, beautiful, sassy, and hilarious, and she has been a fighter since day one. I have a huge admiration for runners who raise money for charity. Huge. Here are some pictures of Carly:
If you’d like to support Thad and Lacy in their journey to raise money for The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, CLICK HERE. Every dime counts.