What a whirlwind these past few days have been… a beautiful, heart-stopping, mind-blowing whirlwind–so much so that I can barely remember the woman trying not to cry on the physiotherapist’s table a few days ago.
If you read my last post, you know that my six-year running streak at the Hypothermic Half Marathon was ending this year due to an injury.
Unable to run that distance myself, I donated my bib for this sold-out event in the hope that whoever received it would enjoy the race as much as I do.
Well, I got much more in return than I ever anticipated.
I soon heard from Morrie, my race-bib recipient. Morrie is a member of the Kwad Squad–a push-team dedicated to offering athlete-partners the opportunity to participate in endurance events from which they would otherwise be precluded.
I can’t imagine a more perfect situation and my tears over missing my seventh annual Hypo Half quickly dried up.
And as if that isn’t incredible enough, I received this follow-up email from Morrie today:
As a runner, I know you’re saddened to miss this opportunity to continue your streak of hypo half. I’ve thought of this…. I’m not sure the extent of your injury, but ya think you have 1km or even 1/2 of one in ya? We would love and be privileged to have you push Raminder over the finish line. The feeling you get when you hear the crowd pushing you on and hearing Raminder’s expressions of excitement and joy is absolutely nothing short of amazing.
*wipes away yet more tears*
Luckily, I indeed have a few kilometres in me and you can guess what my answer was, right?
And so, I am joining Morrie and Raminder for the final few kilometres of the Hypo Half tomorrow morning.
I’m over-the-moon with excitement that I’ll be part of the push-team supporting Raminder’s first Hypothermic Half Marathon, and we expect to cross the finish line around 11:15 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday, Feb.21st).
The race starts and finishes at the Highlands Golf Club at 6603-Ada Blvd, Edmonton, AB.
If you’d like to help cheer Raminder on as she crosses the finish line, we’d love to see you there!