** 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.