One year ago I ran my first half marathon at Dallas White Rock. On December 5th, I will run my first full marathon at Dallas White Rock. Choosing this race was not arbitrary… I choose this race very deliberately.
In mid-2009, a friend threw out the idea of running a half marathon. I had been running, but nothing spectacular. My running workout usually consisted of 40-80 minutes on the treadmill alternating between running and walking (rarely running more than 1 mile before walking for a few minutes). She mentioned signing up for White Rock half marathon, and I kind of blew it off. I decided to check into that evening, though, and saw that 100% of the proceeds go to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children… I was sold. I signed up that day for my first half marathon.
My youngest child, Paige, was born in April 2008. I remember the first words out of my mouth when I saw her… “What’s wrong with her foot?” Everyone assured me that she was fine and it was just from how she was in the womb, but I knew something was wrong. Sure enough, the next day the pediatrician came in to talk to me about Paige’s foot. She had what is commonly known as club foot on her left side.
As you can see, her left foot is turned completely inward and the top of her foot is facing downward. It was consider a medium to severe case. Her foot was very rigid, and you could hardly flex it.
We were sent to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). How blessed are we to live within 15 miles of one of the world leaders in club foot research and treatment? I cannot possibly put it into a blog post how I feel about this hospital, but suffice it to say that they hold a very large part of my heart, and I will forever feel indebted to them.