March 18, 2014

A support team and gratitude!

Sunday was a big day for the girls of We Run Disney.  Christine and I both enjoyed our races and had happy results, but that is not really the story I want to tell today.  Yes, I will do a full race recap of my marathon later this week, but for now I want to show gratitude.  There are so many people in our lives that helped us achieve our goals yesterday.


First of all, I want to thank my husband Tom. He was up before the birds to drive me to the Mayfaire shopping center to catch the shuttle to the race start on Wrightsville Beach. He walked with me from our car to the shuttle and then wished me a great race. Then he got to wait over 2 hours before he would see me again....and that was at 5:30am!  He managed to see me on the race course 3 times and took some photos at the finish line.  And he served bananas to Meghan and me by standing on the course with one in each hand for us to grab at mile 15.5! And he was there to give me a huge hug after spending over 6 hours hanging around on a damp Sunday morning!

My pacer Meghan, another member of Without Limits, was just fabulous. There is no way that I could express in words what a tremendous help she was to me during the race.  She encouraged me every step of the way, and when I wanted to share some thoughts around mile twenty, she told me to "save it for the finish line". She ran without headphones, yet kept herself entertained the whole way.  She made friends on the course with some of the other runners and even gave advice to the half marathoners as we split for our second loop of the course. She is a true champion of our sport and has such a positive and encouraging attitude.  I only wish everyone could have the pleasure of spending time with this fantastic girl, and awesome runner.

Christine of course has been a rock during training both good and bad.  We are able to feed off of each other during those bad runs and even shared texts to offer encouragement when the other was struggling. Again, it would be hard to express the sentiment I feel from her constant support and help.  Running is very special to us since she started us on this mad adventure in late 2010!

My Mom and siblings are all super supportive of my running addiction.  They show interest in my races, and Alison of course comes to Disney with us once a year to claim a prize at the Princess Half Marathon!  I only hope that she does try to qualify for Boston before the cut off date....she is speedier than me and definitely has the time in her little legs. And hopefully you are reading this big sis and will take on the challenge!

Coach Sami and all the Without Limits coaches have been fantastic.  They are such an encouraging bunch and never make you feel inadequate if you don't make a time goal or have a bad practice.  Sami helped me believe in myself that I could qualify for Boston and that was so helpful.  Mental toughness is half of running and having a bad a** coach really kicks you in the behind and makes you get tough fast!

There are many of you reading this (and you know who you are) that have been consistent in your kindness and well wishes.  We do our best to encourage other runners and feel so thankful for all the wonderful people we have met along the way. Just a few on my mind include Danielle, who helped Christine to a very successful first marathon, Megan, who kept us company during the Dopey Challenge endurance contest,  Lisa who has helped me pass time in race corrals and Krissy, who paced Christine in Virginia Beach several years ago for a 14k! There are many many others and we appreciate your support as well. Thank you  is just two words, but I mean it sincerely that I (and Christine) feel so blessed to have made so many wonderful running pals.
(Pam)

24 comments:

  1. Although I have only known you ladies a short time, I've loved watching your journey. You are incredibly inspiring women, and even more inspiring mother-daughter duo. I'm in awe of your accomplishments and hope to be part of the cheer squad in Boston next year for you.

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    1. Cyanne, That would be great if you came to Boston next April.....I am already counting down the days.

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  2. I have to echo everything Cyanne said above. You and Christine are both incredibly inspiring not only as runners, but in your relationship with each other. I can't tell you how excited I was to hear about both of you reaching your goals last weekend - I was jumping up and down when Christine text me and told me you BQ'd! I am so glad that I've gotten to know both of you and I love being a part of your cheerleading team - can't wait to see you guys again!

    And high five to Tom for his 6 hours out there waiting for you! What would we do without these supportive husbands?!

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    1. Thanks Danielle, You really need to come to the Divas Half in North Myrtle Beach April 27th and get Christine to register too!

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  3. You ladies are so inspirational to the running community. I have been following your blog since before I even had a blog myself and have loved reading along with each of your journeys! Congratulations again on an amazing race weekend for you both! :0)

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    1. Thanks Lauren, We are so happy to have met so many great people online through our love of running, and obviously that includes you!

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  4. Congratulations again! You ladies are so amazing! I am so happy for you and look forward to hearing all about Boston!

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    1. Jennifer, I feel like I am living a dream, except that my legs are still sore! Thank you!

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  5. The running community is really an amazing group!!! Congrats to both of you again! And Pam's sister....you NEED to qualify for Boston!!!! :-)

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    1. Right Mindy? I have been working on Alison and even found the perfect race for her, and offered to run the last 10 miles with her!

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  6. The two of you are such an inspirational duo and always encouraging others with your kind words! We have very much enjoyed following you on your journey since we've discovered your blog a year ago! We can't wait to see what all you have in store. Also it would be amazing if Allison would qualify for Boston! What a special race that would be to run with your sister!

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    1. Meranda and Lacey, we can't wait to spend more time with the two of you. It is clear you have a wonderful bond as sisters and we are both so excited to follow your race at Big Sur....that will be a wonderful weekend for both of you.

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  7. Following you and Christine is so inspiring; thanks for sharing your journeys with us!!! I can't wait to follow along for Boston!

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    1. Thanks Kristen, Are you running Tower of Terror this year? Would love to catch up with you again and for you to meet my sidekick Christine!

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  8. Congratulations again :). The Without Limits people we met at the Charleston Marathon expo were so nice! I think this is the race they were advertising (plus they were happy to see the TrySports crew wearing their brand of shirts). Love following your journey on here!

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    1. Thanks Tiny terror.....by the way, I love your nickname....so appropriate for such a speedy runner. If you ever decide to run a marathon again Amy, you would not be disappointed in this one, great fuel and crowd support, speedy flat course and always a great guest speaker. This year it was Frank Shorter, and he even did a shake out run on Saturday.

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  9. Can't wait for those recaps! I mean, BQ's! Who doesn't want to hear about that?!

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    1. Thanks so much Frank...it was an amazing day!

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  10. I would just like to repeat everything everyone has already said! I'm a newer person to you reading your blog and it's something not only can I empathize with it at times, but more often than not I am inspired by it! Thank you so much for sharing your journeys with us and continuing to share them. Congratulations to both of you on an amazing race weekend!

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    1. Thank you Kellie, we love meeting runners both in person and over the internet. Everyone has a story to tell and it is fun supporting each other through the trials and tribulations of competitive running!

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  11. you ladies are in a class of your own! Keep on inspiring me! Hope to see you soon! Wine and Dine perhaps?

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    1. We will be at Tower of Terror this year, not Wine and Dine.

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  12. Great post! I have to say you and Christine just seem like the nicest, sweetest people! You both have a lot to be proud of and I'm truly happy for you both! <3

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I would love to meet you in person. Your blog posts always have great humor in them and you seem like such a happy person. We need to meet at a Disney race. Tower of Terror perhaps????

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