I was full of excitement. I was getting back on the horse and going to start running again. Run or Dye Dover was the perfect race because it was more of a fun run, it wasn’t timed. I could walk if/when I needed to. I was going ease back into a routine with this race. This was the start of me running again! I was both mentally and physically ready, at least mentally. 🙂
I was looking forward to my kids being at the race and dousing me with dye at the finish as well as posting all of the fun pictures and a lovely race recap. Again, I was VERY excited. We drove down on Friday night to pick up my race packet. A nice bag, a t-shirt, tattoos, jelly bracelet and a packet of dye. (Mine was blue) I made plans to get up early Saturday morning and drive down with the family. Alarm was set and I was ready.
I told myself “it’s not timed, this is a test for your back to see how much progress you’ve made and to have fun!” We set out early, around 7:30 am because the race started at 9 and it was about an hour away. The last wave was at 10:30 so I had plenty of time. We were on the road talking about what we were going to do afterwards. Hit the beach, grab lunch and then the Outlets. Perfect plan. We were 10 minutes away from Dover International Speedway where the run was held and the chaos ensued. BOOM! We were rear-ended which pushed us into the vehicle in front of us. (Luckily no one in that vehicle was hurt and they had minimal damage to their van).
My boys were frightened, and then a car trying to avoid us when screeching by. She was going 65-70 miles per hour. She was sliding sideways, she then jerked the wheel and went through the median into oncoming traffic and hit a van almost head on. My boys were screaming out of fear in the back seat. They told me later in the ER that they thought she (the speeding driver) was going to die. They didn’t want to see that. My heart went out to them. The speeding driver suffered minor injuries. It could have been worse. The police officer said she will be getting “several citations” and the woman who hit us also received a citation.
We were banged up but we are fine. My oldest suffered back and rib pain, my youngest hit his head on the head rest and had a headache for a few hours. I had back pain with numbness and pain through my legs. I could believe how lucky we were given the circumstances. I have counted my blessings several times this weekend. I am grateful that my boys are safe and grateful for the quick response of the Dover Police Department and the wonderful staff at Kent General Hospital.