Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Herothon Recap

 Mission Accomplished for our HERO!


Gray and I had a great weekend celebrating our little hero, Keegan.  Gray can now officially say he is a half-marathoner.  He ran well, and I was very happy to be able to run with him, even bringing him in under his goal time.

The weekend did not get off to a great start however.  I took Keegan to get his labs drawn Friday morning, as usual, before dropping him off at my parents' house.  We were assuming that his labs would be pretty stable.  They were not.  It took some finagling and a little extra stress on my mom's part, but she was able to get him to the hospital during the afternoon for some infusions that helped stabilize his bloodwork a bit.  We made it to the airport on time only to find that I had left my wallet at home.  Ack!  Gray sped home and back, and we did a little pre-race sprint through the airport to make the plane.  Then as we are loading into a taxi in San Antonio, I barely hear them calling Gray's name over the loudspeaker.  He had dropped his ID in the baggage claim area.

Did I mention this was the first time we have both left town since before Keegan was born?  Great start.

But we made it, and we started getting excited and inspired for the race on Saturday at the expo.  For a first trip away from the kids, it was reassuring to do so in order to honor Keegan's courage and bravery.

Can you see our notes to K on the O and under "hero"?




And then race day was upon us!



Keegan's godfather, Teague, designed the K's for Keegan logo for us.
He still has a few tweaks to make, but I think it's pretty awesome!
We even got a few "go, Keegan" shout-outs!



Keegan's sign on the Heroes' Mile


Super Dad and Wonder Mom?


 I think we earned this celebratory dinner at Mi Tierra's before going home.
It's probably been 12 years since my last meal there, and I still dream of those tortillas.


So #1 of my 13 in 2013 is on the books.  My Achilles is very, very angry.  It was a constant reminder to me during the race of the challenges, pain, and triumphs Keegan has endured over the last five years.  He has never given up, not once, no matter how difficult things have been.  I hope that he will see the ways we honor his courage and continue the hero's battle.

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