|Lizzie almost 1 with Dad|
|Gordon almost 13 with Grandpa|
Jeremy became one of those crazy trail runners and was soon summiting in a pretty fast clip. He casually mentioned, "You should try it." That got me thinking and a little while later I asked Gordon if he would train with me to run up the mountain nonstop. He agreed and our training started. 6 weeks later, Gordon and I reached the summit running nonstop, he a bit further ahead of me. As I closed in on him, he stretched his hands upward in the classic Rocky pose and yelled, "Adrian!" I was brought to tears of this epic moment in my life for two reasons. #1: I witnessed my son achieving a goal he was hesitant about. #2: I experienced achieving a goal I was hesitant about that was made so special by sharing it with Gordon.
Today another epic moment occurred on Kennesaw.
|First summit postop!|
I walked nonstop to the summit for the first time since my surgery with Lizzie by my side! Such a blessing to experience these milestones with my kids.
I didn't know what to expect heading to the mountain, other than I would give it my best shot. We no sooner stepped onto the trail when Lizzie spotted her friends, Sarah and Annie, behind us. My hiking crew grew from a party of two to a party of four. There were a couple of spots where I slid on the gravel, but with the help of my new cane, Lizzie's arm and Annie's back (I slid downward and Annie's back stopped me from going further), I managed to stay upright. It was a crisp fall afternoon filled with beautiful sunshine while a lovely breeze swirled around us. Thanks, ladies, for making my day extra special!
I'll train a couple more times without my pack and then crank up the training intensity.
Hike hard, hike strong!