Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Sister's Tribute -- From "A"

This is a "proud" Mom hacking into Emz's  Blog to share an email that kind of wraps up the feelings of one sister to another:

To Emz from "A":
Because I don't know how to blog...


Here is what I would say if I had a blog--or if I knew how to post to your blog:

I’ve had this thought often: Do we really have the same genes? My little sister is so driven and ambitious, so outgoing and confident, so beautiful and talented… How can it be???

One thing about me is that even though I may hesitate to commit to big things (like running a marathon!), once I commit, I WILL do it. So, after saying, “Yes” to the marathon, I knew I needed to get to work—and I knew I needed lots of guidance. It’s not very often that I put complete confidence in someone else; I’m a rather cautious person. But I trusted my new coach. Before and after every long run, I would check in with her. I did everything she told me to do because I believed her! Even when she told me to sit in my freezing cold pool for 15 minutes, I did it—BECAUSE she told me to. So, during the marathon, even when my thinking became a little frazzled and doubt started to enter in, if she told me to do something, I’d do it without question: Eat this! OK! Drink that! OK! Run faster! OK!?! (I’m trying, really!!) So, when she told me to “pass those guys,” I had to do it!

Now I have “my marathon” behind me—and the funny thing is that all I keep hearing in my head is, “If only I had put better songs on my iPod…”; “If only I turned the music up louder so I couldn’t hear the wind…”; “If only I had trained a little longer and harder…” I understand it now when my little sister gets down on herself after running an amazing race—because she thinks she could’ve done better.)

…I guess we really ARE sisters! :) Thank goodness!!! Now I just hope that some of her other qualities will show up in me someday!
I love you EMZ!
From "A"

I know our whole family enjoyed witnessing this experience between two sisters. Even though only 2 ran the race, it was truly a "family affair".  Here's hoping to more experiences like this!!!!

61 comments:

The Turtle said...

What an incredibly sweet post. You are a truly amazing family!

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Angie Bee said...

I have just caught up on your adventures and as always you never disappoint :) You are an amazing woman and your family is so awesome. Excellent job with your sis!!

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

this is the sweetest post ever! =)))

Caroline said...

I love it! Congrats to you again sister of THE EMZ!

you guys did good, no GREAT. As a mom I can only wish my kids will do something epic like this together one day! I am sure your mom and dad were drunk with joy to see you cross the finish line together!

Karen R said...

How fun!

Family is awesome and running is fun. Way to combine them :)

Love the picture!

Jenn said...

Awesome! What a treasure! Congrats to the both of you on an amazing memory!

RockStarTri said...

Freakin. Awesome. Post.

Sarah said...

Very sweet. :-D

Tortuga_Runner said...

The family who runs together, stays together. Very touching.

Nelly said...

great post! I thought this line was hilarious "Eat this! OK! Drink that! OK! Run faster! OK!?!" Sounds like you and your sister have a great relationship and the race went awesome. Hopefully you run together again!

The Kornegay Family said...

Awwwww! Proud sis of the two marathoners . . . Fine! Ya'll looked like you were having so much fun, how about I will TRY the 5K next year. Be easy on me--I don't believe that I inherited the running gene that you two did! :)

Love you both!

Johann said...

Just perfect!

XLMIC said...

Your family sounds just too cool for words! I always knew I was missing out by not having any siblings. I surely hope my kids will be as bonded as you and your sis are :)

Silly Girl Running said...

This is so incredibly sweet! :)

Char said...

That's just beautiful. I've got 4 sisters and I know how strong the bond of sisterhood is and how those bonds are embedded right down to your genes.

bobbi said...

Tears.

Love this post.

Jason said...

7am and I can feel the tears already. I am so proud of Em for being there every step of the way and I'm so proud of A for taking that leap of faith.

Now to A nothing is impossible and I love that.

Dreams were meant to be achieved. Dream it and then do it.

Both of you dreamed this, you did it and now you have a lifetime full of memories to share with the entire family.

Fantastically Awesome!

Jamoosh said...

Congrats to A on her marathon. Shouldn't she get an additional medal for having to put up with EMZ all these years. Ditto for the parents!

Quinton J said...

Loved this post.

Marlene said...

Tearing up over here!!!

Velma said...

This made me choke up. I loved it. This is what running is about. Family and community.

Heather said...

This is such a sweet post! What an awesome family. What an amazing experience to share as sisters. What a wonderful support group your family is to one another. what more could anyone ask for!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I really like your family!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

That was very sweet!

She said I need a goal said...

I love it! Now you should tell her to get a blog cause apparently she listens to you. :-)

Laurie said...

Oh, so sweet. Makes me want to make my sister run with me. :)

Dash said...

Sweet stuff, you do have the same genes! :) Congrats on your marathon!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Great... now Im weeping like a small child.

Christi said...

Great post!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats on becoming a marathoner

Ahhh and welcome to the joy of ice baths (cold pool), you hate to do them, but they somehow magically works

Now, who knew that Emz trains like Jillian Michaels, I might to hire her now to train me to get better on the run.

Adrienne said...

Dear EMZ and A,
Loved this post. You did an awesome job and had a pretty amazing marathon. Don't let your perception of that change by thinking of things you could have done different. You freaking rocked it. You do have a pretty amazing sister EMZ. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Running is so much more than just putting one foot in front of the other. This post is what it's all about or what it can be about if you let it.

To the rest of the family: It never goes unnoticed to me that you show up and support your daughter(s) at her races. Maybe that seems like a normal thing to do but that support is so helpful. You guys all rock.

Nice work,
Adrienne

Aimee said...

Aww..I loved this post! Yay for sisters!! I think it's awesome that you had that experience together! You two ROCK!

TRI714 said...

Super envious of your day oing that ! "YOU GALS FREAKING ROCK !!"

Barbie said...

OMG, I have tears in my eyes.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Wow EMZ! What a beautiful sentiment from your sis! You two are gorgeous! Great gene pool!!

Jenna Renee said...

Awww what a great post! :) Hope your Wednesday is fab!

Morgan said...

Beautiful. Love it! So proud of both of you!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

What a wonderful message to share!

Julie said...

GO FAMILY!!!!
<3

Carrie said...

Beautiful.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

what a great post! I hope you are proud of what you did. That is a GREAT time for any marathon, but your first, incredible! Congrats! Awesome sister/family time.

DRog said...

Huge Congrats and High 5 on the marathon finish!!

Was awesoome to see and read about you two running this together, with family there...

Erika said...

LOVE thiS!
So sweet:)
Makes me wish I had a sister!

MCM Mama said...

So sweet! Love it.

Tricia said...

love it

Annie said...

So awesome!

Her Name Is Rio said...

It was great meeting your sister! She looked happy to be there. It truly was sweet seeing you guys run together and even more so after reading this. What a great experience for your whole family! :)

Gina said...

congrats to your sweet sister!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

hi there;-) that's really sweet. and love that she's A, as I am too..well Am, and my lil girl is A too.

A siblings are COOL!;-)

Chris K said...

In EMZ we Trust.

Chris K said...

EMZ for President

Chris K said...

Go Sun Devils

Chris K said...

No really, that was a very nice letter from your sister. You two are lucky to have each other.

Matty O said...

Someone in your family types normally?! :) WIN!

CONGRATS on an awesome finish!!!

Stacey (aka Ultraprincess) said...

That is a very touching email :-)

My sister and I were fortunate enough to get to run the Women's Nike Marathon together... She stuck by me even though I was injured and we crossed the finish line together!!

Lee said...

such love and support between sisters and by the entire family - WoW!
Thank you for sharing

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

This post gave me the goosebumps big time:) You two are so beautiful and I think it is amazing that you did this together. WOW!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Tears. Happy tears.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Katie said...

what a great post!! love it!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Sweet!