My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Monday, April 30, 2012

Teamwork. Running. Retinitis Pigmentosa.

My legs are still slightly telling me that I completed a 1/2 marathon on Saturday.  Trying to put words into the experience. Deep Gratitude for my friend who ran 13.1 miles with me every step together in stride.  (not to mention all the training and being my guide from the time we got out of the car to crossed the finish line and reunited with Cricket!)  As I was running along chatting or listening at times it would cross my mind that she was keeping track of not only what was in her path but mine as well. A quick left for a sudden pot hole in the road, etc, etc, etc,. Forever grateful. Gratitude for my body for meeting the challenge. Gratitude for a beautiful organized course through tulip fields, waterfalls, golf course, with the mountains on each side of us. Visualizing it was joyful. It was a course with many twists and turns, various road textures - gravel, cobbled sidewalks, and road. We did it. Kind people cheering us on with many commenting on our teamwork.
We did it.  
My two biggest fans were near the finish line cheering us on.  
Later in the day we enjoyed a beautiful hike with the family.   I'm a lucky girl.  

12 comments:

Myrna R. said...

Really nice Becky. I can't imagine hiking after a marathon, but wow, you certainly have the energy.

Sewfast said...

Congratulations Becky to you and your running companion! Way to go!

Lydia Criss Mays said...

Congratulations, Becky! I thought about you on Saturday and hoped you were enjoying the run. What a wonderful experience to be able to share along side a friend.

3 labs 4 me said...

Yippee!! You're amazing girlfriend. You rock! Kuddos to you & your friend. I'm giving you a congratulations hug from Oregon. Can you give me some of your energy? Love ya!

Fran said...

So so so incredibly proud of you! Bless your running buddy! And a hike later in the day? You are amazing! I have so much respect for you and your love of life and nature.

Elle J said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment. And to finish your day "hiking with your family" ... you are amazing! I would have been in bed. =)

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations, Becky! It must be such a great feeling to accomplish 13.1 miles. And I am loving your short haircut--it's really stylish on you!

pattib said...

Fabulous! Congratulations on a great accomplishment, for you and your guide!

Retired Duo said...

Yay. We knew you'd do well. Congratulations on your 1/2 marathon.

Lucent Imagery said...

And your fans and friends no doubt are grateful for your glowing presence in their lives. I am thankful for you virtually in mine. And I just love knowing you reunited with Cricket girl at the end. All these teams around. Awesome work my friend! xx

GOOSE said...

Congratulations Becky. Miss Lydia from See Beautiful sent me over. You indeed are a beautiful person. And I must say I am quiet taken with Cricket.
Blessings,
Goose

Kendall said...

Becky, congratulations on a great run and a good time on a tough course! So incredibly impressed with your accomplishments. I have to admit I was concerned with your safety due to the varied terrain (cobblestones, cart paths, small dirt section) and the twists and turns of the course. Not only did you finish but you finished well--376 runners finished after you!!

Congratulations and we hope to have you back.

Kendall Wimmer
Thanksgiving Point
Race Director