Saturday, June 9, 2012

First Annual 5Kidney Run

This morning we ran our first 5Kidney.  5 kidneys is the total number of kidneys that me (1), my mom (1), and my nana (3) will have as of next Thursday!

Yesterday marked 6 weeks for my mom's kidney donation.  She was excited to get back out and run.  It was her first race ever!

I started running a month or two ago.  The farthest I have run without stopping before today was about 2.5 miles.  I refused to push Will in the stroller and try to finish a 5K without stopping.  Grantie was a good sport and offered to push him instead.

We suited up.

Mom requested #1850 because she just had her 50th birthday. They obliged.

Will was just happy to be included.  He tried to nap... but it was pretty bumpy.

We all got matching kidney colored shirts!  To be honest, I think we were kind of a spectacle.  

My mama & I ran together the whole way.  We all held hands and crossed the finish line together.  (Can you say cheese ball?!  But honestly, it was pretty cool).  Then I cried.  Something about finishing a long run makes me cry.  Then my mom cried.  Something about anything that happens in life makes my mom cry.

Then we went to check out our results.

Mama placed 1st in her category!  We placed 70th, 71st, and 72nd.  We think there were probably 150 runners and we were pretty proud.  Grant could have easily kicked our butts, but held back to stay with us.

I was not super speedy, but I never stopped running. And believe me, I wanted to.   

And Will was a great sport... and the cutest baby on the course.

Bma got a medal for her heroic efforts- woohoo!

She was very, very proud, and had every reason to be.  My amazing mama who gives up kidneys, runs like the wind, and offers to watch my baby anytime I need a nap, a break, or a weekend getaway. (At least when she's in town).

We celebrated with a yummy breakfast at Corner Bakery.

Will was quite satisfied.

In an hour or so, Grant and I are off for an extended date night.  My mom is watching Will tonight and we're going to spend the night in Denver.  The last week has been pretty crazy, and we're excited to get away and forget about everything, if only for a day.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kelsley... Bet you didn't know I am president of the RKLTRCC Club, of which you are becoming a member. That is the "Right Kidney Lost To Renal Cell Carcinoma" Club. I have been president for 16 years this September. Your doctor's description of events is almost word for word I was given by my doctor, and it is true. You will be fine. Lots of love from Bro. Crockett xoxoxo

Heidi said...

You are all an inspiration. Love to all!

Steve and Erin Larsen said...

Kelsey, I am soooooooo behind in my blogging and just got caught up on your blog. I am so sorry to hear the news about your health. What an amazing mother you have to donate her kidney's you, something I know you would do for your children if you had to. Hang in there and we will for sure keep you in our prayers.


Breanna said...

AMAZING! Meggie and Tara have taken to running lots of 5Ks and Megan is working up to a 10K zombie apocalypse run. Me, well I'm too out of shape to think of something like that. You get an A++ for this in my book!

Kk said...

Love this post. What great pictures. What great KIDNEY COLORED SHIRTS! Awesome. Can I run the 5Kidney with you next year? Love you. Praying for you.

Kelsey Kamauu said...

you guys are awesome - makes me want to run a 5k...maybe... :) Love you lots and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

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