Darren kept me going with periodic words of encouragement throughout the course. And when I struggled after mile 2, Matthew let out a joyous scream to remind me who I was running for and I remembered how very hard he had to work to breathe not even a month ago. He's so strong and I want to be half as strong as he is.
And while we ran, we saw an inspirational mother and daughter. The mom was obviously a runner and the daughter (around 11y) was looking at her mom (trying to match her stride and form) and her mom kept pushing her to keep on running. I hope to be that example for my kids too.
Today was the culmination of my 11 week journey, but the finish line was just the beginning of a whole new race!