it was a special weekend. what can i say really...it was good. all of it. maybe not for those of you that actually ran 13.1 miles. but in general it was incredible. this weekend was special to me for so many reasons. but one thing that was big for me is that this weekend marked the last cancer "thing" in my life. hopefully forever. we celebrated the victory that was won over cancer. we celebrated by coming together. friends and new friends. we ran or should i say some people ran. others supported. we ate. we laughed. we talked. we got tattoos (only two of you). but most importantly we came together as a team and celebrated the freedom that is found in christ. in running. and in life without cancer.
some of us started the weekend off with dinner together.
the morning of the race. real early. i was still sleeping. sorry about that.
yup that's right. they are running and actually smiling.
thank you to the supporters and to the photographers who helped document the day. you were essential. every team libby runner had someone on the sidelines cheering them on to keep going. it was an awesome sight.
she does not even know that she is on a team. but she is. team libby for life. i am her momma and she is my baby. my sweet baby who helped me through cancer in a way i will never be able to articulate to her and i hate that. but i will try. oh, i will try so hard. how she taught me an entirely new kind of strength. that changed me forever. thank you ava for being on my team and not even realizing or really having a choice of whether you want to be on this team. but you are. you will never know the depths to which i love you and cherish you. but i will try every day to make sure you never doubt it. i am glad to have you on my team.
these two girls are best friends and brand new mommas too and they ran this half marathon. like it was nothing. i was so impressed. when we saw each other at the expo (where you register and get your number and stuff) we were chatting and i asked them why they were running...and kayla said...well there is this girl...and we never knew what to do. or how we could help. so when we heard about team libby we decided this was something we could do and they did it. thank you girls.
oh, sweet ang. you made this thing happen. i often said to you over the past months...people do not do this. i promise this is not normal to do what you are doing. not only running and training. but raising money. designing t-shirts. mailing them to people. organizing runners. planning an after race luncheon. and all kept telling me was...this is what friends do. and she was not alone. so many of you helped make this entire thing happen. so thank you thank you thank you. we have good good good friends. i honestly had no idea how great our friends are until cancer happened. crazy that it took cancer for me to even realize it. but so thankful it did. everything about this weekend kept me in awe. i only hope to care for people half as well as our friends (and strangers too) have cared for us in the past several months.
after the race we headed to jason and emily's for a little lunch. thanks for hosting. it was great to relax and get a chance to talk to some of the runners i had never met. so thankful we had this time together.