Here we are-day before the race! I’m wrapping up my gratitude list. In case you missed the first editions you can check them out here:
Day 14 of 26: Thank you to my dear friend Kristen. Kristen and I met 5 years ago while teaching summer school. We survived that horror show together and I’ve been grateful for her friendship ever since. I describe our relationship by saying that if I decided to rob a bank, Kristen would be there to drive the getaway car. We’re not outlaws, but you get the idea. So, when I decided to run a marathon and write a blog about it, she became one of my biggest cheerleaders. Thank you Kristen!
Day 15 of 26: Thank you to my sister. Ashley, or Aunt Roo, has helped me by taking the kiddos to school three times a week this year. Her help has allowed Phil and I to get to work and classes on time and know that my kids don’t have to walk or ride their bikes to get safely to school in the morning. I am so grateful for her help and for the peace of mind it has brought Phil and I this year. Thanks Roo!
Day 16 of 26: Thank you to Kimberly Stedronsky, an amazing writer who inspires me to keep writing every day. Kim and I worked together at Progressive, and aside from being my favorite person to walk to the water cooler with, she was also an enormous source of support during a particularly dark time of my life. Today, Kim is an author with a debut novel (and continued series!) that gripped me and left me in awe of her talent. As I put pen to paper, and fingers to keyboard, I draw on her perseverance. Thank you Kim!
Day 19 of 26: Thank you to my mother, who celebrates not only Mother’s Day, but also her birthday today. She has been happy to take the kids for me on weekends so I can fit long runs in to our insane schedule. But, above and beyond that, she is the embodiment of endurance and strength. She is a fighter and taught me everything I needed to know to be one as well. I love you Mom. Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day.
Day 20 & 21 of 26: I’d like to thank two great organizations who have supported me while I’ve been on this journey! First, Achille’s Running Shop and the Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon! Achille’s employees have treated me well every single time I’ve walked through the door. The Rite Aid organization has also given me an opportunity to share my writing with the world and has supported me throughout the past 6 months on my journey to this race!
Day 22 & 23 of 26: Thank you to my beautiful children, Hannah & Brody. They have been my smallest cheerleaders, but only in size, not in volume. They have understood when I have (literally) ran out of the house to run at all hours of the day and night. They are the light of my life and I am so proud of them. I can’t wait to see them on the race course this weekend. I’m going to need their smiles and their cheers!
Day 24 of 26: I am grateful for my brother-in-law and running partner in crime Jon. Jon and I have run through snow, freezing temps, rain, and more snow this year. Thank you for showing up, no matter what the conditions, and being a part of this journey! All day!
Day 25 of 26: Thank you to Phil, my best friend, my whole heart. Phil and I have faced innumerable challenges as a couple, but we are still here, still together, still facing life united. When I began this journey, I knew without asking that he would be my biggest supporter, even though my training would coincide with his last semester of school. I love you Phil. Thank you.
Day 26 of 26: Finally, thank you to my Dad. Even thought it’s been nearly a year since I got that terrible phone call, I miss you every day. I would never have started this journey if not for losing you, but it has changed my life, and for that final gift I am eternally grateful. If you were here, I know you would tell me to have fun, to enjoy every minute of tomorrow. I will. I promise.