Today it was the OC half marathon.
My original plan included me running it and my family being there with me.
We had decided to spend the night in Newport on Saturday.
But things changed.
I got I injured.
Enter plan B.
Walking and no family coming.
We decided that I would go alone but still keep the hotel room and not have Bill and the kids wait for me while I walk.
My friend Sandy was running the race also and I asked her if she would like to share the hotel room with me and she said yes.
During the days leading up to the race she offered MANY times to walk the race with me and of course I said no every time. She is a really good runner, much faster than me and she is getting ready for a big race in 3 weeks. I did not want her to waste a race for me. I told her I would carry my phone and I would be fine.
Fast forward to this morning....
We got to the starting line...and did not have a lot of time to get to the corrals...by the time we got there corral one had just left and that was her corral. I kept saying "Go Go!!" but she was not making a move to the front and said she would just start from where we were standing...in the last corral. I said "you better start running when we get to the mat". She was saying yes yes but I was not buying it. As we were getting closer to cross the starting line, I kept telling her to not stay with me and to run this race.....
Well she did not listen to a word I said.
This awesome lady stayed with me the whole 13.4 miles.
She gave up HER whole race for me.
First 5 miles I kept saying "Go! Run!" She would invent all kinds of answers "I warming up" yeah right.... "I need to pee" "I am hungry" "I am going to go....soon"
Soon....that came at mile 13.1 when she ran to get pass me to be the finish line and take a picture of me finishing this thing.
I will have a race recap but for today I just need to say
THANK YOU SANDY!
I am so very thankful for your friendship and your huge heart.
I know what you gave up for me.
It means a lot to me.
I am a lucky person to have a friend like Sandy, not a lot of people would do this.
When I realized that she was not going to leave me until the end...I got emotional and same thing at the end...I will never forget this that is for sure.
***I will have a race recap next and also an injury update....saw the doctor last Thursday and it was bad news....***