Sunday, September 26, 2010

...Pam Cunningham

I am a little bias on this post because Pam is my wife. I don't know that I have ever been more proud of her than what I was (and still am) today.

This is the third year in a row that we have signed up the the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race. The Great Race is a 10K (6.2 miles) that goes through the campuses of Pittsburgh's colleges and universities and ends up at Point State Park, which is a riverside park located where Pittsburgh's three rivers meet. We sign up in the spring as the race is typically full by mid summer. It gives us a reason to run and the accomplishment you feel at the end is pretty tough to top.

Without telling you our whole life story, we have been trying unsuccessfully for almost three years to start a family. Because of doctor's appointments and his recommendation not to run around our procedures, about two months ago she made the decision not to run. She didn't want to jeopardize the latest procedures.

Though I could tell she was disappointed, I supported her 100%. Starting a family has been her dream since she was a little girl and ours for the last three years and the risk wasn't worth it.

To our disappointment, we found out on Friday that this again wasn't our month. I could tell that she was hurt on two fronts. We were again confronted with the news that we didn't want and she wasn't even close to being in shape to run.

But last night, she made the decision that she was going to run. She was going to prove to herself that she could finish the 10K. Pam knew that it would be tough and she was undoubtedly nervous, but she was determined to run.

No matter what situation you find yourself it, when you are determined to accomplish something, you can. Putting your mind to work and believing in yourself are two of the most important actions you can perform as you travel through this journey called life.

Pam finished in one hour and ten minutes, only about four minutes slower than last year. I am proud of her accomplishment and proud of her determination.

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