April 20, 2015

Today is the day!

Dear Mom and Auntie,

Well today is the day. It’s hard to believe that it was nearly two years ago when the dream to qualify for the Boston Marathon hatched. You ran countless miles to nail the qualifying time, battling wind, rain, snow, and humidity to get here...obviously I’m talking about the North Carolina humidity and snow in Boston. And now you’ll walk to the starting line in Hopkinton today poised to run through Ashland, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and finally Boston. 

I could not be more proud of you both. When people ask me if I’m running the marathon, I am genuinely excited to tell them “No, but my Mom and Aunt are. They both qualified.” When we stopped by the mall yesterday to try to find a rain jacket for me, I told every Eddie Bauer employee about your accomplishments. Some might call it bragging! I’ll never forget the moment when I learned you each qualified. From screaming “we’re going to Boston” in the Shamrock finish line tent when Mom called to jumping up and down in my kitchen when I got the text from Mom telling me that my sneaky aunt ran a marathon without telling us and qualified. 

I only wish that I could be with you during every mile of the route because I know this is an incredibly important day for you both. I would love to share those moments with you. But the moment I will share with you will be different. I’ll be standing on the sidelines in Wellesley with our mega family cheering squad, screaming my head off as you run by…and I’m hoping you’ll pause for a hug and a high five. And while I won't be there at the finish line for a celebratory embrace, I'll be cheering and celebrating the moment I see your finish times come through on my phone.

You are strong. You are fearless. You are determined. And you make us so proud. Now go get 'em out there today and show Heartbreak Hill who's boss! I love you both and am more proud of you than you'll ever know. 

Love,
Christine

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! Your mom and aunt are truly an inspiration, Christine. I hope every mile at Boston today is amazing!

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  2. Such a loving family! You all are an inspiration in So Many ways! Good luck Pam and Alison! I'll be cheering you both on from the south!

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  3. AHHHH-I'm so excited for them both! Hope your mom is feeling better!

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  4. <3 seriously love following along with you two!

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  5. I am teary eyed! What an amazing day for your family! Go get 'em Pam and Alison!!! I'm cheering you on here in Alabama!!!

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  6. AHHHHH! Tears. I am so excited for Pam and Alison! It's been so much fun following along!

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  7. Such a wonderful post! I hope all of you have a great experience today :)

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  8. Two seconds away from tears, here! What a beautiful letter. I can't even imagine how exciting this must be for all of you! Thinking of your mom and aunt on the course today. We're all rooting for them! :-D

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  9. Misty eyed here too from your Canadian cheering section! Go ladies go!

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  10. love this!! Best of luck to Pam and Alison today!

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  11. What a beautiful letter to both your mom and aunt! Love this!

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  12. Holy goosebumps. What a thoughtful and supportive daughter you are, Christine! I love this. Pam, we know you're going to do great!!!!!!!!!!!! Kill it!

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  13. OH my Gosh! Christine you are making me cry! I feel the emotion that your mom and aunt must feel, as well as what you are feeling! Such a nice and lovely letter. Love it.

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  14. This is great! I hope both your mom and aunt had a fabulous experience!

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