My grandmother, Miriam, “Micki” as we all called her passed away last year after suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years. I was her oldest of 5 grandchildren and we always had a very close and unique relationship. Throughout my high school years we traveled together many times and when I went to college, just blocks away from her apartment, we spent much more time together. It was her approval I wanted when I met my husband and I have such vivid memories of her wedding dress shopping with me and my mom.
I could go on and on about the special times we shared together the last 45 years. She was certainly the matriarch of our whole family. Watching someone suffer from and lose themselves to such a horrible disease as Alzheimer’s is so painful for all of their loved ones. There never seemed to be the right time to start to mourn and by the time she passed away, she had no idea who most of us were.
Our extended family was headed to Bethany Beach this week and ironically, I noticed there was a 5k to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. The “Athletes To End Alzheimer’s 5k” seemed like the perfect way to remember & honor my “Micki’s” memory and maybe do some small part to help someone else.
I roped in one of my sisters and her husband to run with me this past weekend. This was a small, casual 5k with about 600 runners. It was great to see so many families out there remembering their own loved ones with shirts and signs with their names and pictures. Young and old, runners and walkers all celebrating the lives of someone near and dear.
We had just decided to do the race a few days ago and didn’t have a chance to make up our own shirts. We did do our flat mamas! The race started bright and early right on the boardwalk of Bethany Beach, Delaware. It was a beautiful morning and watching the sun rise on the beach is spectacular.
This was supposed to be my rest day so shhh don’t tell my trainer! We faced the American Flag for a quick National Anthem and we were off and running with a quick loop through downtown Bethany with a boardwalk finish. My sister and I ran together and chatted for the first 2 miles which we don’t often have the opportunity to do. My 6’3″ brother in law took off with his long legs and ended up getting a PR.
With my tri race 2 weeks out, I wasn’t going to push it today. I took an easy pace and just kind of enjoyed running that morning and remembering some of the better times with my grandma. I am really glad we participated in the race and had the opportunity not only to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research but to reminisce about her with my sister as we ran.
Sometimes races aren’t about times or paces but rather as a kind of therapy for whatever part of us needs healing.
Have you run in honor of a loved one? Did you find this gave you closure?
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