1. My Husband: Adam has been more patient and more kind than any one person should have to be with their new spouse. He nudged me during training, encouraged me when I was feeling down, and encouraged me to walk away from my job when I needed to. He's logged almost as many miles as me, often riding his bike beside me when I'm out for long runs. I have no doubt that he would have rather slept or done anything other than slowly biking by my side. I am incredibly grateful for his support and tough love, when I needed it!
|Ice cream break after a beach hike on the Eastern Shore!|
|Enjoying the vineyards in Charlottesville on our first weekend away as a |
3. My friends, Cyanne, Danielle, and Megan: Thank goodness for wonderful girlfriends who stand by you!
Cyanne is running the Chicago Marathon this Sunday and has been incredibly dedicated to her training plan. She also manages to maintain a pretty intense job with significant responsibilities. Her dedication to her training has been incredible. Each week, I would see Cyanne's workouts posted on social media and it was a subtle reminder to me that my marathon wasn't waiting on me. I had to get out and run even if my paces or mileage weren't what I was hoping for. I don't think she ever knew this...but thanks, Cyanne! Your smiley-faced run photos always motivated me.
I am forever grateful that I have Danielle as my buddy for Marine Corps Marathon. If it hadn't been for Danielle registering for the lottery, I probably wouldn't have thrown my name in. And while there were days that I wished I hadn't entered, I'm excited to race with her again. We trade text messages during long runs, celebrate great runs, and lament crappy ones. When my training was a little askew, she never pressured me or made me feel bad.
While Megan lives hundreds of miles away, she's been a devoted friend. When I was really run down, she gently told me it was ok that I skipped my 16 mile training run in favor of rest. She routinely checked on me and sent me cute photos of her pup when I was having a rough day. When I was deeply struggling at work, she was kind and empathetic.
4. Team Fisher House: On every single run, I thought about Team Fisher House. I pondered why I was running. I have mentioned that I often talk out loud to myself during runs (yes, I know that sounds nutty). In many cases, I would simply say to myself "do it for them" when I was tired, hurting, or simply wanted to quit. I said it enough and kept going. Being a part of a charity team is a really amazing experience. I deeply believe in this cause. It's a responsible charity. Adam knows people who have stayed there. I have friends of friends who have stayed there. Real people need this. It's a hugely impactful organization and I am so proud to wear the yellow Fisher House singlet to run the Marine Corps Marathon.
5. Fellow runners and blog readers: On a few occasions, I noticed comments on the blog or social media wondering where I was or inquiring if I would be back. At times, it made me feel guilty. It seemed like another ball that I dropped during my summer of haze and fatigue. But in reality, I love the dialogue that I have with other runners through this blog, other's blogs and social media. I have always been incredibly appreciative of the support from fellow runners. As I once wrote several years ago, "We care about each other through good runs and bad, PRs and disappointments, chafing and carbo loading. It's a fraternity of black toenails, hydration and mind-numbing long runs.' It was true then and it's true now.
We're linking up with the DC Trifecta of Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia. Check out who motivates them and other Friday Five bloggers!
If you're interested in supporting my Team Fisher House fundraiser for Marine Corps Marathon, you can check out my fundraising page here.