On Sunday, LD and I ran in the annual Dylan’s Run 2 mile Race for Autism. Last year, I had run the two miles in a time of 18:08. This year I ran it in 17:07 and ended up with a silver medal for my division. It was my first time getting a medal so you can only imagine how excited I was. LD got a medal too and shaved a few seconds off his time, but because he wasn’t too excited about winning his division, I’m not going to get too excited for him. I did, however, make him smile and look excited for a picture.
The biggest deal with the run results was my mom’s improvement over last year. Last year, it was my mom’s first race ever and she ran it at a pace of 16:46 per mile, but she cut 3 minutes and 45 seconds off her mile pace in the matter of a year!! We are so incredibly proud of her!! This woman is my running inspiration. At 58 years old and with MS, she runs 2-3 miles at least 3 times a week and, apparently, she has recently added some stair work to her routine. When I was little, she would have trouble even walking up or down stairs on the days that her MS would flair up, but now she runs them regularly! If that isn’t an inspiration to anyone who says that they can’t run, I don’t know what is.
My mom inspired my sister to run as well. Sara hadn’t run anything longer than a mile before she did Dylan’s Run, but she managed to finish in 25:25. She has decided that running is a good way to get “her time” away from her son and husband. I guess if that isn’t inspiration to get out and moving for a woman who can’t even go to the bathroom by herself, I don’t know what is.
All in all, the family is getting up and running and breaking major milestones. We run every year for autism, what’s your cause?