Monday, May 9, 2011

"Dawn" - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

I.
Still.
don't.
have.
the.
words.

The tears?  yes.

The words?  no.

The one thing that was wicked hard for me . . . . saying "goodbye" to Dawn as the Pita whisked her away to the airport on Saturday.  I just bawled.

and

bawled. [I reminded myself she needed to be home for Mother's Day on Sunday for her FIVE beautiful children & super awesome hubby]

then. . .

bawled. again.

You don't even want to know what happened when I walked was guided like a 94 year old into the room she slept in to find:

* a card [like the best card ever]
* a donation to SC
* HER "running sucks" shirt I borrowed the last two miles.

* a box of toffee
* and foot rub awesomeness.

You see.  I did get to 100.  But I owe it to Dawn.  I kept saying the goal was a "strong finish" and it was but . . . . Dawn knows me.  She knew I wanted that 100 so freaking bad.

So WE got it.

Six minute intervals and we had it with three minutes to spare.

Thank you for flying here to be with me.  I'm pretty sure I've know her FOREVER but technically, five months.

Thank you for being the social media woman. I loved the interval check-ins [tweets, texts, emails].  You knew just when I needed them.

Thank you for your post today.  More like thank you. [you can read it here] and if you don't follow Dawn - well, you better get on that.  like freaking right now.

adore you Dawn.  
I made it to 98.

You got me to 100.

42 comments:

Evolving Through Running said...

What a great post, and what a great friend. You two are both incredible. The pictures are great, and my favorite part has to be the label .... "she's the shiznit". That about sums it up. You two make us all smile.

Caroline said...

Crap..I am crying AGAIN
Kleenex should have been a sponsor of this EVENT!
I love this post. the dream team!
Blondes united. The pictures are great. The last 2, well yeah it says it all right?
Like Steven Tyler would say: "it's a beautiful thing" Friendship is a special and precious thing.

bobbi said...

Love. Lovelovelove.

Erika said...

This is such a sweet post!!
I <3 it!!

skoval21 said...

What an amazing accomplishment!!! I am so proud of you and what you just did!! My husband got choked up too when he saw your finishline video!!

Emz said...

Caroline. Yes. Kleenex. Please. Omgosh. This must stop.

Skoval21. Thank you.

cheryl said...

Very COOL! Congrats to all!

MelBird said...

Now following Dawn


I ran on the treadmill yesterday cos of you :)

Michael said...

You keep making me tear up! What an amazing experience. Something you will never forget!

Michelle said...

Of course I have to follow Dawn now! :) Emz, I just keep crying happy tears.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

My first chance to say congrats to you - what an inspiration. Thank you!

Julie said...

Every time I read one of your post my eyes fill...going over to follow Dawn....

XLMIC said...

I need to stop being reduced to a blubbering mess. Dawn was such a life-line... wow :) The two of you are over-the-top inspirational. I love this :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Damn you--I'm running out of kleenex! You two blonde bombshells are truly inspirational--the friendship that evolved in such a short time is unreal, beautiful and touching.

biggest fan of YOU BOTH!!

Colleen said...

I'm sure she feels just as blessed to have you in her life! Friends like that are hard to come by! :)

Laurie said...

Awww. Simply awesome. You two totally rock.

Cari Mugz said...

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you

I hardly know you and I just Freakin LOVE you!

Amanda@runninghood said...

This is so freaking sweet! Love the last two lines...I made it to 98...you got me to 100. Congrats Emily! This is amazing. So awesome!

Emz said...

Cari.
Thank you.
I read. And Re-read & re-read your email.
All. Night. Long.

Julie D. said...

That is one amazing friendship! Gives me chills. Congrats, again.

H Love said...

Beautiful friendship!! Did you guys meet through running? Blogging? If so...SOOOO COOOLL!

I am going to be thinking of you as I hit my 26.2 this weekend...!

MrsQ318 said...

This post is so insanely sweet!
And I am heading over to follow Dawn right now!

Emz said...

H love. Yes. Met at Tucson marathon in Dec 10'. All from blogging.

Go get that 26.2 woman!!

racing dawn said...

So yes, it's late. And I'm reading this post and crying again. Caroline nailed it. We'll have to hit up Kleenex next time around as a sponsor. :)

One of the best weekends ever. I can't thank you enough, praise you enough, admire you enough. Love you.

Good times. All except those swollen pregnant ankles... ;)

jymmebe said...

So glad that Dawn was able to be there for you! You had a huge amount of family, friends, and well-wishers to support you, but I believe that Dawn was the only one there that truly understood all that you (and your body) were going through physically and even mentally.

I was privileged to get to meet her and think that she is as real as it gets.

Hooray for friends!

xoxo

Jamoosh said...

Awesome. Can't wait to hear about next years run! You are planning to do this again, right...

JenniferLeah said...

wow.
the last two lines of this post are tear jerkers fer sure.
what a great friend!!
you are BOTH awesome and yes, I will go check dawn's blog

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

As I watched your clip on Tv all I could think is how beautiful this was! Inside and out. YOu are amazing!!!

Anne said...

What a touching post...once again, you brought me to tears. I'm with Caroline, Kleenex should have sponsored this event :)

Dawn is indeed amazing...the two of you have something very special, as you are both very special women!

Laura said...

I keep bringing you up in talking to my hubs about running and what you did. Now I can add in the super awesome support you had not just from family but FRIENDS.
...still in awe!

Christi said...

Love
it!

Johann said...

All perfect! I still don't have the words as well.

Marlene said...

You can't buy a friend like that!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Standing. Slow Clap, Medium Clap, Fast Clap, cheers for Dawn!

Katie said...

So awesome! congrats! What an great friend too.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

awesomeness! thanks for sharing.

Totally love the last line too,

I made it to 98, you got me to 100. A memory that will last forever. Nice! (reminds me of my, "got my to 26.2 PR friend" a few years back. I've sense run new PRs, but that one is very special)

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Beyond awesome!!! Can't believe all that hard work you did and on a treadmill to top it all off!

Sarah said...

That is awesome! I am still so amazed you ran that far for that long. :-D

Kelly Leigh said...

She sounds amazing! So glad to hear that you had someone to inspire you while you were so busy inspiring everyone else! hooray for your strong finish and for good friends!

The Green Girl said...

I got chills reading this.

Matty O said...

Should have used Train - Hey Soul Sister... just sayin ;)

Great job both of you, I LOVED her updates and was hoping she would be reading what we were typing ;)

Andrew said...

Congratulations... you totally rock!!!!