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.