Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My Wife is my Hero

My wife ran her first race (5k) after having 4 kids this past Saturday. She ran it in 18:55, which translates into a 6:06 pace. Not bad for a 39 year old mother of 4. She easily won her age group and placed 8th in the overall female group. The important thing to know here is that the 5k is not even her race. The time she ran Saturday is consistent with her 5k times in College when she was among the best in country in the 800 and made the All-American team in the 4X800.

How did she get back in this kind of shape?

When she decided she wanted to run again it wasn't easy to fit it into her schedule with four kids. It forced her to run around 3pm so that 2 kids would be napping (while I worked at home), and she had to push the other 2 in the double baby jogger. She did this 4 or 5 times a week through the entire North Carolina summer. She generally ran 7 to 10 miles. It was a spectacle to see. People like the postman would ask me "was that your wife running and pushing kids in this heat so far away from your house?"

You see Gina would never have wanted to push 2 kids in a baby jogger while training in the middle of the summer heat, but she never complained. She knew that if she wanted to train she was willing to do whatever was necessary to make it work for the family. She realized a couple of months ago that pushing 50 to 80 pounds in the baby jogger has done more for her training to bring her to this level than she could ever have done in that amount of time any other way. God used an inconvenience in Gina's life to take her farther than she could have gone on her own.

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