Race #28 of 2013
Our awesome leader, Kevin Kunz, of the Runner's Anonymous group made a special effort with his wife to go meet Lyle in person. Lyle lives far away in Hurricane. Kevin decided to spearhead a fund raising event to help get Lyle to Hawaii. A virtual run was set up and many of us signed up for it. If you build it they will come, right? Jessica Thurber, another RA friend helped with the organization and medals. We donated money for whichever distance we wanted to run, 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. Over the Labor day weekend we were to go do our run and then report back. We will then get a sweet medal in the mail that looks like this. You can better believe I was all in for the half marathon. I began formulating a plan for the route I would run.
I even saw a few early morning fishermen and women. The weather really was just so perfect.One of Porter's favorite songs was "Somewhere Only We Know" and a line from that song says "Sat by the river and it made me complete, Oh simple thing, where have you gone?" I truly was feeling like sitting by this river just felt so amazing, yet simple and comforting and complete. You better believe Porter was in my heart, mind, and possibly right by my side. Oh how I miss that cute boy!!
I then continued on down this main highway of American Fork Canyon so that I could call my hubby to come pick me up. The plan was to do a half marathon, and after all my exploring and discovering I ended up doing 16 miles. It took me about 3 1/2 hours which is definitely no speed record, but it definitely boosted my spirits and made me happy to run again.
I owe a great big Thank You to Lyle for chasing his dream of getting to Kona, Hawaii because in turn it helped me chase my dream a little more of discovering more joy in this sport.
This was truly a perfect morning and a perfect run!! I can't wait to do it again.