Thankful For My Brother

Another update on the bro!

He flew home for Thanksgiving and I was so excited to see him again–I hadn’t seen him since he ran his very first half marathon back in May!

After the USA Half Marathon on Saturday, my husband and I drove immediately home because my brother would be arriving that evening. We didn’t get to really enjoy San Diego, but we knew we’d be back πŸ™‚

The day after the race, my brother and I had plans to hike Camelback Mountain. It’s a popular hike here in the Phoenix valley and one that is a lot more challenging than people think. I wrote a little about it here.

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Anyway, my brother had been looking forward to this hike so much because finally, he was going to be able to do it. At least he hoped so! (I had no doubts.)

But because of my cramp fiasco, I was worried about attempting such a difficult hike so soon–in addition to feeling under the weather (hello upper respiratory infection!). So, very very unwillingly, I stayed home and my husband took my place.

And of course my brother made it to the top!!

brother, husband

brother, husband

My husband said that when they were looking at the 360 degree view of Phoenix, my brother whispered, “I can’t believe what I’ve been missing.”

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I’ve said it a billion times but seriously, I’m so ridiculously proud of him.

Later that week, we went down south to spend Thanksgiving with family. My husband and I, whenever we go home for the holiday, like to run in our local Turkey Trot. This would be my brother’s first!

When I first signed up, I had planned on trying my hardest to keep up with my brother. He’s my newest competition πŸ˜‰ But, I was coughing up a storm and did not feel well at all, so I decided to just run for fun. When the race started, I started my watch and never looked at it again.

My brother finished waaaaay ahead of me with a killer 24:30 time (not even a PR for him!). He was so happy to have run a race in our hometown and have people he knew cheering him on.

My dad was a the finish line. It was the first race in my life he’d ever been to. ❀

We stuck around after the race because we had a feeling my husband’s 20:50 would snag him an age group placement–the race has ten year age groups (20-29, 30-39, etc.). So it was HUGE surprise (not to me though) that my brother placed!!!

My husband, 1st–my brother, 2nd!!


It was funny because my husband ended 7th overall and the 6 guys in front were between the ages of 14-18. When we saw the bulletin board announcement, it was a bunch of teenagers and then a thirty year old, LOL!

It was such a fun week and seeing my brother continue to run and enjoy it makes me so happy. He was so beside himself at having placed–he couldn’t believe it! I don’t think he stopped smiling all day. I’m so thankful to God that he’s been able to make such a monumental change in his life and that he’s committed to his new life. Every time I write about him, I mention how sometimes we doubt people can change their ways, their bad habits, their addictions, their attitudes. But here is living proof for you. Here is proof that if you never stop believing, hoping, trusting, having faith–that change can come.

Believe that it can and it will.

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me and the bro

–Those stateside, how was your Thanksgiving? Do any Turkey Trotting?

–What are you thankful for these days?

10 responses

  1. Wow, your brother is completely motivating! Sounds like you had a fantastic time with your family and at the runs! Congrats to your husband and brother.
    As Canadians, we celebrated Thanksgiving in October but I did get to spend time with my family (siblings) this past weekend and am thankful for our health.

  2. So rockstar. We have a trainee that your brother reminds me so much of–he has dropped a ton of weight, has run umpteen halfs and now 2 full marathons, and he just is loving life. Because that is what it is all about! Health and love!

  3. I am so happy and excited for your brother and all of you. Making a huge lifestyle change is never easy. He looks incredible, which I am sure is very motivating but it is so awesome that he is so healthy. My brother used to be a national champion hockey player and he has fallen into a very unhealthy lifestyle and it scares me so much. A friend of ours passed away this weekend at 44 of a heart attack. I so hope my brother can do what yours has. A huge congrats to him!

    • Keep the hope! It can happen! I was always so worried about my brother because he was just so…big. And unhealthy. I’m so thankful he’s healthier and doing better. But I honestly can say I didn’t think it’d ever happen.

  4. So sweet! I love hearing these stories about your brother. It really is amazing πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re so proud of him too. My sister has been running more lately and pretty soon she’ll be faster than me I think so I’m learning to take a page out of your book and be so, so proud of her and happy that I can share more running experiences with her now πŸ™‚