|I was all about the thumbs up in these post run pictures.|
This was after my final run, so worthy of the double thumbs up apparently.
|Our team captain put a D and an H on the back of our legs for Daren. |
We also ran with ribbons on our shirt that had his initials
My legs held up far better than I anticpated and only my feet are a little tender and tired two days later. I had a couple blisters along the way, but no show stoppers. There were times when it was hard, and there were hills that felt like they went on forever, but literally running for a cause was so motivating. Not to mention the amount of support I recieved - I have never done a race where I felt so supported and encouraged by friends and family.
Speaking of support - my initial fundraising goal for the House of Heroes was $4,000. Due to a generous builder in Columbus, GA who donated $2,000, I raised my goal to $5,000. As of this point with online donations and checks, I am at $6,673. Just totally insane. I cannot (except that I can) believe how generous and awesome people are and cannot thank you enough if you were part of that effort to raise this money for such a worthwhile cause.
|Starting my last run|
|Miles says I look like the unibomber with my sunglasses/hat combo.|
This is the second year that the Stroller Strong Moms took first place in the female category, but the first we we also took first place in the civilian category. The trek itself was memorable and awesome, but winning was definitely icing on the cake.
|Alexa, the owner of Stroller Strong Moms|
Miles stayed in Savannah with the kids and I came home to a gift certificate for a massage and a house that was cleaned from top to bottom. It was so sweet and wonderful and totally annoying. Because how in the hell did he have time to do that while watching the kids? It's a miracle if I can get the dishes cleaned in a given day. But none-the-less it was a great surprise to come home to after such a memorable and special weekend.
I also received these flowers yesterday from a friend whose husband was medically retired from the Army due to a traumatic brain injury. Her note read, "thank you for running for those who cannot" and brought tears to my eyes and reminded me that those 260 miles were worth every single step.
To be honest, I'm kinda sad that it's done. I may still just be on the runner's high from it all, but it's something I would absolutely do again and could only hope to be surrounded with a group as supportive and inspiring as this group was.
|Why didn't I take my sunglasses off?!|