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.