a big deal

On October 12, I’m running in the Chicago Marathon. That’s nine months and five days after giving birth to BabyHope. I’m not promising to be fast, but I will, barring a disaster, cross the finish line.

October 12, 2008. It’s a Sunday. It’s five years to the day and date that my life became something different. It was that morning that my dad called to tell me my brother died the night before in that car accident. I will never be the person I was at the moment I picked up the phone ever again.

Everything else is after. It’s one of those moments in life that I’ll never forget, even though I’d like to.

But one of the things I started doing after was running. I gave up running in January of 2007, right before those last two fresh cycles. And I took it back a few weeks after BabyHope was born.

And it’s somehow appropriate that I’ll run my first marathon on that date. The other accomplishment in his name for this year will be endowing the memorial scholarship in his name at the University of Texas this year. We’re $2,650 shy of the amount needed, and between Mr. Hope and me and my parents, we’ll get that that sum before the end of the year.

Anyway. I’ll be in Chicago this weekend. Running. Far.

~ by Larisa on October 7, 2008.

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  1. Good luck with the marathon! That is awesome & inspiring that you are doing it. Especially since I can't seem to break past running a mile without feeling woozy.
    And I was just thinking about your brother the other day. It came up when I was trying to think of which brother-sister pairs were close (versus same sex siblings). October 12th will be very special indeed.

  2. I wish you the best of luck this weekend. I admire your strength and determination through all that you have been through.

  3. October 12th will be a big day indeed. I’m super proud of you for taking on this challenge.

    I have a feeling, when the course gets long, your brother will help carry you along.

    Good luck, can’t wait to hear all about it!

  4. Good luck hun….I know you will succeed. You are definitely doing your brother justice.

  5. good luck this weekend – you are truly an inspiration.

  6. It’s weird. I wrote an entry in my blog in August about knowing the day your world, your life is different. Knowing the exact day your life will NEVER be the same anymore. Mine was August 5, 1994, my sister was killed in a car accident too.
    Unfortunately, we belong to that group, that group of grieving siblings that NEVER wants a new member. Thinking of you today.

  7. Two finish lines in one year.
    I hope stepping across that line this weekend will bring you peace and closure.
    I’ll be thinking of you.
    And happy 9 months, BabyHope! Seems like just yesterday I held her tiny bundle in my arms at the hospital and passed on Emery’s preemie clothes. It happens so fast.

  8. Great post. I’ll be thinking of you this weekend.

  9. Lots of luck and endurance today!

    And what a great thing to do for your brother.

  10. I’m in Boston right now and it’s October 12th today and I’m thinking about you and the marathon you are running and cheering you on from afar. That’s a wonderful way to celebrate your brother’s life. Kick some ass out there 🙂

  11. Thinking of you on a difficult day. I am sure your brother enjoyed every minute of BabyHope in heaven. Don’t forget, he was holding her long before she was in your arms!! I am sure he watched you today with love and pride.

  12. How did you do?

    Every since M and I were together I’ve always thought about you and your brother when we watched the OU and TX game. (remember he’s from OK) Ya’ll kicked ass Saturday lol 🙂


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