they will become your cherished memories tomorrow."
After my Dad passed away I was spiraling down into a deep hole of endless tears. It was such a difficult time for me. There were two things that pulled me out of this hole - finishing my Masters (I only had the second half of my Student Teaching left and one course) and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which included participating in a full marathon. The training for this race helped me tremendously. My father was such a determined inspirational man! He always finished what he started. I wanted him to see me training hard for this marathon and accomplishing something I had never done before. Each day I knew I had to get out of bed (as difficult as it was because I missed him so much) and train. As I ran and tired out I would think of him and how he always pushed through things. I felt him with me with each step I took. The marathon itself was quite an experience! I had hurt my left knee by the 11th mile and the doctor (on a moped) told me I should stop at the half marathon mark. I thanked him and told him I would be finishing the full marathon. My right knee also gave out by the 18th mile, but I pushed on as my father would. I know he was running by my side the entire time! I did finish the entire 26.2 mile marathon and it is one of the most fantastic cherished moments in my life!