Look at all of our cute little people in our extended family who ran this race. We were running to support my brother, Brady who has NF. Most of his life, he hasn’t had any complications, but recently he had an adventure when a tumor was removed from his spine. He is doing well, but we are all a little more tuned in to all of those who struggle with this disease. Those two sweeties in the front are his little girls.
Here comes Nora. She’s running in with her cousin. It was a 1/4 mile out and back race.
Naso came in almost dead last, which is really funny. This kid can run, but he struggles with knowing how long things take. We watched Nora come in and then we watched the 4 year-olds run in. Then the moms with strollers. Grandma Julie was there. Hmmm, Naso? Mike started walking and then we could see him sauntering in, acting exhausted. When he saw us, he sprinted and ran the rest of the way. Silly kid. We decided it is a mental thing – when he can’t see the finish, it’s almost too much to bear. Today at “quiet time,” I reminded him to stay in his spot until I came to get him. He looked really concerned and asked the same question he asks every week, “what if you don’t come?” I will always come, Naso.
My brother, Ryan and I ran the 10k together. I was a little worried about him – he is so nice, and in much better shape than me. He just got out of the military and spent 9 months in Afghanistan, but he was still willing to stick with his aging sister. He has done that all of his life. We did pretty well considering this was the first race I had run in a couple of years. Our time was 1:02. We ran with Fiona our niece which was a real treat. She is a cross country star for Ferris.
Jessamyne and Meg finished up. They ran/walked the 10k. So proud of Jessamyne. Running isn’t easy for her, but she has taken an interest.
It was a good day. I love my extended family and whenever we come together to support each other, it’s just really a good time.