1. Miss my niece, Cameron Kathleen Gallagher. Cameron is the 16-year-old beauty and fledging runner who lost her life at the Finish Line of the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 16, 2014 which happens to be my daughter, Kathleen’s 14th birthday. God can be clever that way. March 16 or 3/16 or 3:16 is also this verse from the Book of John.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
New International Version (NIV)
Cameron (left) and Kathleen 3 weeks before Cam went to heaven:
For God so loved the world, He called this angel home. He has big plans for her.
If you somehow missed this internationally covered story, I implore you to wake up and read it, wallow in it. Make a commitment to stay your course, finish your race and keep the faith. I commit to you, myself, my family and friends that I will live to promote this mantra. In everything I do. Including the Ironman I am planning. (Did you hear that, Cameron??)
Back in college I started running so I could drink beer. Now I run for wine – more of a 40-something female’s libation of choice. When I turned forty I did my first half marathon. Since then I have finished the race many times. (Did you hear that, Cameron??) Injuries and bad attitudes notwithstanding, I love to run. I will never stop. I am dragging my family along. (Actually they are very willing – my husband and I have done 4 half marathons together and a number of 10k’s)
Here are 4 of us after the Monument Ave. 10k on Saturday, March 29, 2014. My youngest simply could not have missed her BFF’s sleepover.
My Kathleen did it for Cameron:
(Did you hear that, Cameron?)
3. Try new things.
I am preparing for my first Triathlon. I figured I needed a road bike. Here we are:
I love her. Jack, my lab is certainly wondering:
a. why I have my ear where my butt will go.
b. when he can baptize the tire with this tinkle.
I love words. I am honing my craft and focusing in new directions. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing publication.
Please stay tuned.
5. Practice Yoga, Seek the Truth, Love you.
Will you be with me forever??
(Did you hear that, Cameron??)