I've always said that running a marathon is a lifetime goal of mine, one that I'd like to achieve before I have children. On the other hand, my sister and brother-in-law had that same goal, but decided to do so just over one year after having their child.
As a person who has had a strained relationship with distance running (stemming from a horribly mean high school track coach)I understand the time, effort and perseverance it takes to train for and complete a marathon and could not be more proud of my sister and brother-in-law. It was difficult to keep my eyes dry as they ran past me, looking strong and on their way to completing one of their greatest challenges.
Here they are after running the 26.2 miles:
Here's Kate at mile 8 about to give her daughter a smooch:
And bro-in-law about to do the same:
And my niece, the recipient of the mile eight kisses who I gladly hung out with during the race, cheering on her accomplished parents.