As I sit in athlete’s village getting ready to start my very first Boston Marathon I want you all to know how much you mean to me and how much I will be thinking about you while I am out running today. I honestly don’t know where my running would be without my incredible support system and without my outlet of blogging to be able to let it all out.
This past week in particular I have just been overwhelmed with love and support and just don’t even have the words to express how thankful I am, but I will try.
Thank you for listening to non-stop Boston chatter for the last 3 years. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on, my sane brain to bounce ideas off of, and my rock whenever I need one. Thank you for being proud of me, for always supporting my dreams, for never complaining about the hours I spend running and for putting up with my computer habits to write about all those hours I spend running. Thank you for running with me, for pushing me and for always, always making me laugh, even when I really don’t want to.
From the day I was born my mom has been my biggest fan. She went to every single basketball game I ever had, even when I was on the bench. She was there for my first marathon, she was there for every BQ attempt, and she was there when I finally got it. Although she won’t actually physically be in Boston when I cross the finish line, she will still be there with me and I know I will be hearing her cheers from California throughout the race.
Thank you mom for always being my biggest supporter and for always encouraging me to follow my dreams. AND for watching my babies this week so I don’t have to worry about them.
Though they may not "get" my obsession with pounding the pavement for hours at a time, they always support me, cheer for me, and have listened to my jabber since the day this all got started. I know they are very proud of me and I can’t imagine doing any of this without their cheers and support.
They helped dry my tears, they helped fuel my fire, they helped me celebrate and they just let me be me. You know who you all are. I have the most amazing friends, running and non-running, who have been an incredible support system getting me to this day. I definitely don’t have the right words to express how much you mean to me.
Sheesh you guys, I don’t even know what to say. People I have never met, but yet I feel such a strong tie to and such amazing support from just leaves me speechless. I just like to run and I like to write and for some reason you guys like to read about it, and I am so thankful for it. You have given me countless pieces of advice, countless amounts of support and it will always mean so much to me. You guys are definitely my friends too.
I will be thinking about ALL of you today. Every time I cross that timing mat, every time I need an extra bit of oomph, you guys will give me the push to keep going. Today is a celebration – my victory lap for so much hard work the past 3 years and I can’t wait to tell you guys every detail.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of all of it.
See you at the finish line.