RunnerGirl Roving Reporter | "Pictures on the RUN" | Story and Photos by Becky Sanders

People ask me why I run. That is a complicated answer. There are many reasons, but I can tell you why I started and why I continue.

One reason I started running began with my daughter. She was in her early teenage years and we needed a way to became running. (Granted, I had not run in several years... oh about 15 or so.) Around the same time we decided to move my grandmother in with us who had been diagnosed with Alzheimers. At that point, she had been in a nursing home for about 8 months. She had become bedridden and was slowly losing her battle with life. I just couldn't stand to watch her fade away like that, so the next adventure began...we moved her in.

We had a mother-in-law suite and that became her home. The doctors thought she would live, at best, 1 more year...5 years later we said goodbye.

So this past weekend I ran on the day we had to say goodbye.

I wanted a way to honor her and so I trained for a 50k (31 miles). I knew she would be with me the whole time, and she was...I felt amazing, it was one of my best runs ever!!!!

She was my hero, she was my biggest supporter and was always so proud of me. Running became my escape. It was a way for my daughter and I to connect and a way for me to get a mini-escape without worrying what my grandmother was doing. I could run the neighborhood and be back in 30 minutes.

She would always ask how the run was and to tell her any fun stories about my runs or races. So this weekend we (my mom and I) scattered her ashes in the bay that I run by every week. When I think of all her accomplishments I hope to be half the woman she was!

So yes, I ran a 50k and accomplished another goal, but it was about a whole lot more than that! I run for her, I run for Alzheimer's, and I run for all those that can't!! Running is the easy part!

Thank you to all my friends and family that support me and keep me going. People always say I inspire others, but it's you guys who inspire me to keep pushing!!!!! xoxoxox - Becky

Here are a couple of the pictures I took on my 31 mile run around Rockport-Fulton this past weekend. This has to be one of the prettiest places on Earth!

 The turtle Zoe and I moved out of the middle of the road.

 A great view of Fulton Harbor

My support team: Zoe (AC Motorsports),  Kimmi (Coastal Bend Health Foods),  Christy and Sage (Native Dave).

Becky Sanders is a wife, mother, runner, business woman, and new team member of the WWN! To learn more about Becky, visit our About page here.


MelodyR said…
What a great story and inspiration! Thanks for sharing from the heart.
Deb Navin said…
I so admire women who can turn a life event into a goal. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.
Anonymous said…
What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing this touching inspiration!

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