Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thank You Shelby!!

Here is my sister Shelby. She is the real hero in all of this. This is her 2nd 1/2 marathon since she got cancer. She is AMAZING. I fully made her walk way more than she wanted to and she made me laugh and smile for 13.1 miles. Who could do that?? I love her and I'm so glad she made me do something so hard.

Here is the whole crew. My little brother Jamey started training in Jan. like the rest of us and he is some kind of running prodigy. It's sick really. Everything he tries he succeeds at. He was amazing!! Shelby's husband Jaymee ran like the wind also and did amazing. And then there is Jeff. He trained like 4 times. He didn't buy any new shoes or clothes. And that brat got out there and also ran like a total champ - staying up with Sara for 10 miles!! Way to go. He schooled me by like 40 minutes! He is amazing. He too can do anything he tries. I am so proud of him too. Our great friend Sara is also awesome and even schooled Jeff. Way to go Sara!

Lexi really wanted to run with us and started training but fractured her foot and couldn't run with us. But she cheered us on and laughed a lot and we needed her there. I love my sisters.

Ok - something wierd kicked in about mile 7. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was this illusive "runner's high" I have heard so much about. Maybe it was the magic caffiene beans we started eating. Maybe it was the fact that I was doing something so hard for me and not dying - I don't know but I got really crazy. I started high fiving everyone I could see and just went a little nuts. As you can tell by the pictures straight after the race. I look high! It was so fun. I really loved it.

The rest of these pictures are just pre-race fun and night before jitter pictures. I was scared to death and Shelby was delighted. I had a blast with my family and I am so glad I did this. I will fix this later and organize it better but for now I just wanted to get the pictures up before I left for Utah.

And this last one is because for one day I really was a celebrity! Yea me! Yea Prices! Yea Team In Training. Yea to all of you who helped us raise over $4,000 for cancer research. It felt really really neat to feel I was part of something so big and that I helped make a difference.


Brian and Jessica said...

You rock Mel!!
You and your family are so inspiring! Congrats on such a great accomplishment!

Amie said...

You're awesome! I still can't grasp the concept of running more than a mile at once! I've noticed it's pretty impossible for you to take a straight picture, isn't it?! ;)

Kim said...

I just have to tell you how much reading about all of this has touched me.
That first picture of you hugging your sister quickly brought me to tears. I lost my older brother 3 years ago to cancer and to read about your sister and all that she's gone through out there pushing herself and running to raise money for cancer research and then you and your family joining her and totally jumping outside of your comfort zones really just touched my heart. I know that feeling of wanting to do ANYTHING to help someone you love, especially when you have watched them battle something like cancer. You feel so useless just sitting there watching them day after day.
I admire all of you so much for getting up and making a difference.
Ok, I'll stop and breathe now.

Wisconsin Watsons said...

I've been waiting and waiting for your photos and you didn't disappoint! Looks like you had a blast. What a great family and great inspirational story. Now that you can to Wisconsin already.

Tami G. said...

I am very VERY impressed with you. You totally did it! With shin splints and everything. What a feat.

Christy said...

Ooh. That first picture looks like Heaven.


I think that is how Heaven will feel.

(I'm *so STINKIN' proud* of you!)

Katie Price said...

will you do it again with me? because you motivated me. i think i can do it. i love you. miss you already.

Katie Price said...

oh ya, and that shirt makes you look like a total babe.

heather said...

doesn't jeff owe you like 50,000 dollars now? maybe that is why he needs to go do that filming.

Brewer's Ink said...

You did it! Congratulations! I'm proud of you!

marlo said...

Silly Bandz Direct is the official UK site for the #1 US craze Silly Bandz you can purchase the complete Silly Bandz Collection such as the Justin Bieber Silly Bandz, animal silly bandz and Princess silly bandz.silly bands