Half Marathon Happiness

San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon Gear

For the last three seasons, I’ve trained for a marathon and two half-marathons with Team in Training. We raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in exchange for the training. Losing my mom-in law to Leukemia in 2009 was the catalyst.

Over the years we’ve formed long-lasting relationships and solidified existing ones. It’s been an amazing journey of love, laughter, grieving, healing, and growing.

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The Little Blue Box

Mom's HeartAs my half-marathon approaches I think of my Mom in Law  who was my inspiration for running. I wrote this while I was healing from her death.

The Little Blue Box

A Tiffany heart necklace sits regally inside the little blue box. My husband and I gave it to my mom-in-law (mom) for her 75th birthday. She was in remission from leukemia. That year I wanted to give her something out of the ordinary – she was a very out of the ordinary woman and I loved her dearly.  We searched and searched but nothing ever seemed quite right. We decided to stop by Tiffany’s on a whim and it was there that we finally found something that spoke to us – what a better gift than to give her our heart.

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Taking Action

Time to literally walk the talk! I’m going to be walking the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in memory of my mom-in-law, Bryna Kerska, whom I mentioned in an earlier post.

I have asthma and even though I am active and walk on a regular basis, this distance while trying to make good time, will be a stretch for me. I’ve signed up through Team in Training and am looking forward to the kick-off tonight along with the official start of training on Saturday.

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Your Mindset

I was so prepared to start 2009 on top of my game, my “stop making resolutions” musings were waiting for me to hit the post button, I was happy, rested and into the full swing of a new year.

On January 3rd, I received a call letting me know that my beloved mom-in-law passed away. I was originally going to say that she lost her three-year battle to leukemia but I think it’s far more accurate to say that she won her wish to live her life the way she intended to for as long as possible.

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