Okay, by now you all know I finished my first 5K last weekend. I’m still pretty proud of myself, and I have my sights set on the next race.
But I realized that even though I’ve blogged (ad nauseum) about running, I failed to mention what I was running for. Yes, I wanted to meet a personal goal and whip myself in shape. But, more importantly, I was running in memory of Ryann Hope Smith, my friend’s little girl who was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) and got her angel wings shortly after birth.
Jaime had shirts made up for runners/walkers to wear on race day. On the front it says: “Silent Strength In Memory of Ryann Hope Smith 12/27/08- 1/5/09.” The back says “Just Breathe… for CDH.” All proceeds from the sale of these shirts went to support CDH research.
I bought two– one to work out in and one to wear that day. The first time I EVER ran the full 3.1 miles I was wearing my “training” shirt. And I truly believe that Ryann was with me on race day, helping me to cross that finish line.
I’m super proud to be able to support my friend while also accomplishing a goal. To learn more about CDH, please visit http://www.breathofhopeinc.org/.
(Photos borrowed from Jaime’s facebook and the Illinois Marathon site–shhhh)