I used to be able to sit down to blog and the words would just come. Lately, I've struggled to put recent events into words.
"Thank you" - just doesn't seem to cover what I am feeling.
Let me take a step back. I'll give you a few examples.
* I was blown away when I got to meet [in real life] RAchelle [yes, the CAP on that A is supposed to be there] ;)
How I would describe her four words:
But she went above and beyond the call of any friend last Saturday and ran 18 of my 26.2 mile marathon with me.
Here is [really] where I do not have the words. She talked to me from mile 18-25 - calf pain a-blazing. Telling me story after story. Stories of triumph. Stories of pain. Stories of encouragement. I have since spent two hours writing this down in my journal. I know, Emily, it was a freaking race. Well, no, sorry, it wasn't. It was a lot more than a race. In fact, it was barely a race. I will treasure this day forever. However, it certainly will not be because I freaking finally got a new PR.
* Grateful for the confidence this race gave me. I now KNOW I can do a 3:09. I'll get it. I held back at the beginning which felt great. Only to cramp from a muscle pull [incurred 10 days before race day] at mile 15. Not awesome. But......still.........grateful
* When Further. Faster. Forever. highlighted me as their "Athlete of the Week".
A huge honor for me. This is an incredible community of athletes run by athletes. I have "met" some of the kindest people though this group.
People Like . . . .
mcg_christopher who ran 13.44 freaking miles on a treadmill. THEN.......donated $444 to the Sojourner Center. The Domestic Violence shelter I ran for 24 hours to raise money for.
* And that text I got from my Mom on Friday. She knew the Doctor told me not to race. She also knew there wasn't a chance in *&## I'd listen. So she text me five words.
You. Can. Do. Hard. Things.
What are you grateful for today?