8 miles…take 2

Two weekends ago, what started out as an 8 mile run turned out to be a very painful 4.  Frankie (my brother) and I were out on a beautiful Saturday morning.  What began as a great pre-training run turned as we both were experiencing some intense pain in our knees, his IT band(ish area), my right hip and back.  So, frustrated and kinda cold, we walked back 4 miles to our starting point.

Yesterday, we set out to try those 8 miles again and we were able to run right through them with minimal pain (in comparison to the week before)!  Frankie and I just recently started training together on the weekends.  He signed up for the Chicago Marathon just a few months ago and it has been SO much fun getting to share this with him.

For those of you that know us, you know that we share a pretty close relationship now, but it hasn’t always been this way.  We have definitely gotten closer as we’ve grown older.  Both Frankie and I are a bit competitive in our nature and so I secretly think that part of him signed up for the marathon just to show that if his dumb sister could do it, he could do it too…and better.  Which is just fine with me, because I know that he totally can.  And this way, we get to share in the experience of running for Team World Vision.

Marathon training officially starts today and so I just wanted to share with you what I wrote last year when I was approached by Team World Vision to share my reasons for running.  You can check it out here: MY STORY.  Please also check out our donation site at www.firstgiving.com/alicewightman.  Think about supporting both my brother and I in our efforts to raise funds for children and families in Zambia.


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