Some amazing things on my mind…

** My sister Jodi.  So beautiful, supportive and selfless.  She biked with me as I ran 20 miles early on Saturday morning when she could have been doing a million other things with her time.  She loves and supports my children with every ounce of her being.  My sister will dedicate her time and energy to help me – whenever I need it.  And I will do the same for her.  We are so blessed to have one another right here – to live just one street away from one another.  We have two other sisters who do not live close by and I SO wish that they did.  There is nothing like a sister.


** Two of the truest and most beautiful friends.  Friends who will add 2 more miles to their planned long run so that you can stick together.  Friends who will run at a pace faster than they ever have before for a long run, so that you can stay with one another for every step of the way and all meet your goals.  Friends who love you way beyond what happens on the trail.  We met because of running, but we are friends for LIFE.

the power of three

** Milestones.  Yesterday I crossed two major running milestones — 2000 miles for the year and my first ever 80 mile week!  It was an awesome achievement but I know it would not have nearly been as amazing had I not had my friends and family to share it with.  Even if they think I’m crazy (which surely some of them do!), I am so blessed to have such supportive friends and family.  There was a time not long ago when both of these things would have been unthinkable for me, so this is pretty awesome.


** Getting to be with someone you LOVE as she accomplishes her own incredible milestone.  My sister Jodi ran 10 miles yesterday – the first time she has run in the double digits since she tore her ACL in April!  Sharing the trail with her, side-by-side, after so many months of running without one another, was just awesome.  I am so proud of my sister!

Dora, Jodi and me celebrating another awesome milestone!

** My husband.  I simply don’t know where to start with this one.  To say that he is supportive is the understatement of the century.  He takes interest in what is important to me, even if he can’t relate to it at all.  And I don’t just mean with my running.  I am more grateful than I can possibly describe.  I am a dreamer and I tend to be a little bit all over the place with my thoughts and ambitions – he grounds me and helps me to believe in myself.  The seas are always calmer with him by my side.

love is real.  not fade away.

This weekend I was reminded of how important it is to have LOVE in your life, first and foremost.

Family and friends who love you, who believe in you, who support and encourage you and your crazy dreams.  People in your life who you would do anything for because you love them so very much.

Just as you are.  And just as they are.

Life is so quick – it is all moving so fast, and I am holding on tight to the ones I love.
There are blessings everywhere … none are so sweet as the people we share our lives with – the ups the downs and the in-betweens.

12 thoughts on “blessings

  1. Beautiful thoughts on this post. Yes, blessings are everywhere. We need to stop, pause and appreciate what's around us. Even when times are tough. I especially love how you end the post…none are so sweet as the people we share our lives with – the ups the downs and the in-betweens. Live in the moment, appreciate the blessing of it. 🙂

  2. So so true Jess! I love my sisters.. blood and non-blood. You're loved so big and by so many Jess, because the love you give is so huge to those people. You are what you give. I don't know you but I think I do know you. You are kind, generous, hard working… a heart with arms and legs. Life is grand! yes?

  3. Love this post!!! Congrats on your milestones and I am SO SO happy for Jodi too!! Hugs to you both. Jess, you have KILLED your training and I cannot wait to see what you accomplish in your marathon. BIG THINGS my friend. 🙂 hugs and love!

  4. So beautiful…Could not agree with you more about having sisters who live close by…We've spoken about it before, but I too, have 3 sisters…and one who lives less than a mile away. Words will never be able to describe how wonderful it is.
    You amaze me each and every week, Jess…so excited to watch you crush MCM in a couple of weeks!!
    PS. I want your legs…they are amazing =)

  5. i love your posts. your happiness and smile is infectious! 🙂 and yes, even though my sister and I may not see eye to all the time, i love her dearly. she is my best friend. so happy for you and the mileage, and boston, and well, happy that you are happy. xo

  6. I needed to read this today. We received terrible news today that will put our family through difficult times…I hope not for long …I have to remember how important it is to recognize my blessing too.

    The jumping picture made me smile. Again.

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