Happy Friday!!!! I’ve got my bags packed and in just a few hours, I will be Chicago bound to run my first race of 2014 and my first one since the Chicago marathon. The Get Lucky half will be my 5th half marathon! It should be interesting, since training for this was pretty nonexistent and the running that I did do, was mostly all treadmill. BUT I am happy to be doing what I love in my favorite city 🙂
This race is particularly special because I will be running it with my mom and it is her first half marathon. My mom is pretty amazing. A few years ago, she got really sick. Everything that could possible go wrong with a person, my mom had pretty much dealt with. She was thought to have MS, Celiac disease-in which she got her gull bladder removed. She is a nurse and it was a struggle for her to just make it through the day. She lost hair, suffered anxiety, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, heart palpitations etc. This went on for over a year. She was a medical mystery and no doctor could find out what was wrong with her, until she found a naturopathic doctor that specialized in Lyme disease. My mom had been tested previously for lyme, but her tests always came back negative. Well her new doctor, ran a different kind of test and found that my mom was positive for chronic lyme disease. For years, the lyme disease went undiagnosed. After finding out what her illness actually was, she began her road to recovery.
It has been pretty awesome watching my mom get her health back and watching her become so active! She bikes and runs…two things I NEVER saw her doing while growing up. I’m so excited that I get to be there when she crosses the finish line and complete something I’m sure she never thought was possible. I may not be ready for this race, but I know she is and her positive attitude about everything will keep me running to that finish line with her.