Her family calls her an inspiration after Sandra Walker was critically hurt in a car crash last November.
She's made a lot of progress in her recovery, emotionally and physically, and now she's training to run her first 5K since the accident.
Alana is her mom's biggest cheerleader. She helps her stretch before her feet hit the track.
"It's definitely encouraging. Kind of a role reversal. Usually, you're the one encouraging your children," said Walker.
It's been a journey to get to this point. Walker, her husband Glen and their two kids were on their way to a 5K race in early November when the van they were riding in was struck head on. Glen didn't survive the crash. Walker suffered a traumatic brain injury.
CBS Atlanta was there the December day Walker was released from the hospital, with speech, occupational and physical therapy still ahead of her.
"I had to go from wearing the balance belt and people having to hold it to being able to walk by myself to being able to run," said Walker.
The Norcross High School track where Walker trains is a sentimental place. It's Glen's alma mater.
"We would come here and run together, and it makes me feel like I've got him with me," said Walker.
Walker still struggles to figure out what living life without Glen means, but said learning to put one foot in front of the other eases the pain.
"In a way it's helped me to not focus solely on losing him, but to kind of make sure that I'm continuing on with some of the goals that he and I had in our life together," said Walker. "And part of me learning how to run and walk again is being able to play with my children."
As Walker prepares to run her first 5K since the accident, she said she'll be thinking about the running partner who's no longer by her side but in her heart.
"This one's for you, babe, because for me, he was there for my first 5K that I ever ran, and I know he's going to be there on Saturday for this first 5K again," said Walker.
Walker will run in the Atlanta Women's 5K on March 24 in Candler Park. She has already signed up to run another race the following weekend.
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