Oh my gosh. What an absolutely fun race!!! and the perfect one to be my first "race" back after a 2.5 year racing hiatus due to health/life issues.
I am so thrilled to say that I am as of today on week 7/11 of training for my "comeback" half marathon in October so when my friend Brianna asked me to run the Dale F. Kilwein Half Marathon relay with her in Dickinson on August 27 I knew it would be the perfect "test" to see how I am doing pretty much halfway through training.
Not only did I choose to do this race with her for that fact, but also because she reached out and asked!
My daughter Amanda Rafferty and I met Brianna a few years ago at a YLEO get together in Medora. We sat at a table with some amazing ladies. Brianna was just this quiet, meek and mild young lady and her smile just radiated. We both felt drawn to her and I just had to hug her each time I saw her. I knew there must be more to her story and all I can say is she is a very strong amazing wonderful person and mom. I am so proud of her.
Brianna and I have kept in touch off and on through Facebook and Instagram since then and I have loved watching her life's journey.
When she asked me to run this relay with her, I cannot tell you the emotions I felt. I knew I wouldn't be ready for a race per say, but I knew I wanted to be her partner!!
Amanda and a dear friend of ours was running the half marathon relay as well, so Amanda and I headed out Saturday and met Brianna at packet pickup.