This past weekend, my mother and I participated in our first race together!!! I’m so proud of my momma! What made the race so special is that it was the furthest my mother has ever walked.
It was in October of last year she came to me and stated she wanted to get a little more serious about her health. She’ll never admit it but I think dragging her to my different events began to rub off on her. It started with her signing up for the fitness classes at the Juanita Craft Diabetes Health & Wellness Institute. They have free work out classes as well as a gym facility that cost a fraction of what I pay for my gym membership. They also offer cooking classes for diabetics. On Fridays, they sell produce at reduced prices, encouraging their program participants to eat fresh fruits and veggies instead of canned ones.
Over the past five months, I’ve witnessed my mother gradually change her eating and exercise habits. About a month ago, she told me she wanted to walk in the Kidney Walk at Baylor. I always thought that I would have to hold her at gunpoint to enter a race. Here she was telling me she wanted to enter one. When she showed me her race registration paper, I got a little misty eyed. I made it a point to clear my schedule because nothing was going to keep me from walking with my momma in her first race. Not even this nasty dog bite.
So on April 21, 2012, my mother and I walked 1.5 miles together. We had so much fun. As we passed the starting line she said “I’m going to finish this by putting one foot in front of the other.” I’m so sappy all I could reply was “That’s right momma. You are absolutely right.” It was like a scene right out of a Hallmark film (my close friends know how emo I get while watching Hallmark films, and commercials too)!
As we crossed the finished line I realized I was happier walking 1.5 miles with her than I was from running 26.2 on my own. I was so proud of her and looking at the pics below you can see she was proud of herself too! By the way, my mom is a 16 year cancer survivor too!
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
P.S. Does being bit by a dog give me some street cred in the running community? I sure hope so.
Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach and the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha or to purchase a copy of her book please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Feel free to follow her on Twitter and join her Fan Community on Facebook.