A few months ago, you may remember that I entered the contest to become a medal bearer in the Rick Hansen Relay. I didn't actually think they would select me since I am not living with a disability or stepping out to change the world in some huge way. I'm just a mommy blogger who learned to run, dropped some pounds and decided to blog about it along the way. I'd like to think that I inspire a few people and that people who come to my blog find some value in the information I post, but I have no delusions of grandeur.
I knew the draw for the contest was in October sometime, but as November arrived, I figured I hadn't been selected. Then the email arrived...
As I announced on Twitter a few minutes ago, I was chosen! I won the opportunity to be a part of this really huge thing! I was at work when I got the email and I must say my eyes took on a little water for a few minutes. It was insane! I feel so honoured.
I started to share the news with the people most important to me and then I knew there was one more person I had to tell. Anna. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have become a runner. Of that, I have no doubt. I mentioned to a coworker that I wished she was in the building because I wanted to tell her in person and he said "She was here earlier - I saw her a couple of hours ago!"
Craziness ensued as I raced to track her down - texting, tweeting, stalking...yeah - that was this girl. Finally the secretary for her department told her I was hunting her and she came to find me. I think she was almost as excited as I was.
When we were driving home tonight, my phone suddenly rang and it was Anna. Turns out she was selected as well! YAY! We will likely be running different days so we should be able to come out to support each other along the way! I am so freaking excited!!!
So, tonight I filled out all of the waivers and paperwork and sent them off...
Once they confirm they have the paperwork - it will all become official and I guess we'll see where it goes after that. rest assured - I'll be blogging every step of the way (well, maybe not during the actual relay - but I'm sure y'all will understand)
I think the thing I am most excited about is the fact that I can bring the girlies on the relay with me.
What an experience for them - to be a part of something this big, so
early in their lives. To see how important it was to their mommy to get
healthy and to take them with her on the journey. To see her celebrate
her achievement and her efforts to affect positive change in the lives
of others. I can't think of a better gift to give them so early in
life! As long as it isn't too cold that day - it is in late February, after all - I will run with my babies. The leg is only 250 metres so I
think they can go that far.
oh - and I get a special medal for doing it...and you all know how I am with medals....