|Shannon, my twin brother (the one I resemble the most in looks and actions)|
My aunt Lisa and her daughter Melissa
Lisa and her two daughters, Tara and Melissa
My brother Kyle is training the next generation in this world of running. He was the first of my siblings to get into running. I remember how I almost cried with pride when he broke record after record in high school track and field.
Check out his hilariously moving video here.
My twin brother is on this photo. I can't find him, but he's there....all set to run in Poland. He's the smart, good looking one with his mouth wide open.
As you can see, I'm proud of my family of runners, even though it causes somewhat of an identity crisis for me.
Me?? Well. I ran in high school because I had to. I'm not quick to admit weakness or failure. Sheer determination, will power and pride got me through each and every obligatory 1 mile run at the beginning of P.E. class. However, I failed to find any pleasure in running. By the end of 1 mile, my heart would literally be pounding out of my chest, fire licking my lungs and coming out my throat and sweat was squirting out of every pore in my body. I'm pretty certain I caught a glimpse of the pearly gates a time or two as my body slid towards the grave in the after math of the run.
I just don't like to run.
I'll walk and I'll walk fast, but please, don't make me run.
I use the excuse these days that I've been pregnant or nursing an infant over half my days in the last 10 years.
I'll carry and birth a baby, but....please....don't make me run.
See why I wonder sometimes if I actually have blood ties to these people that I've called 'my family' for nearly 32 years??
Good thing I have a robust voice and know how to use the art of exaggeration in any given conversation and that I always think I'm right. Otherwise, this slight identity crisis could morph into a full blown identity crash.
Just call me "Franklina"
p.s. I really love my family.
p.s.s. Maybe I can't run, but I think I take better pictures than they do.
p.s.s.s. I stole these pictures from their facebook accounts