Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Day 7- Thankful for Running

Running is one of the things I am definitely missing right now. It has been such a big part of my life for the last 10 years. I have never run through pregnancy, but I forgot how much I crave it when I can't do it. :-) I know, I am weird. 

Running has taught me a lot about myself and has allowed me to make very good friends. I have also loved the opportunity I have had to run off and on with Jeff. In 2006, I convinced him to run a 5k with me so he could help me PR and run 8 minute miles. He did it! In 2008, we trained for a 10k together. In 2010, we trained for a half marathon together and crossing that finish line with him was one of my favorite memories. We had to pay for a babysitter any time we went for a run, until this year. Jeff surprised me and signed up for the St George Marathon. We were enjoying running together and then I got pregnant and it slowed me down just a little. :-) He continued to run with our running group and I was amazed at how fast he became. I was a proud coach/wife as he would relate to me all about his training. I was living vicariously through him and I was so happy (and a little jealous!) that it was going so well. After much debate, I decided to start the marathon so that I could be up at the top with him and our other friends. Sarah was kind enough to run/chat with me for 8 miles, and then I hopped in the injury van. I saw Jeff at Mile 20 and he looked so good I gave him a call. He told me that he wasn't doing so well- he had started cramping. It broke my heart. I knew how hard he had trained and 6 miles can still be a long time. I said a little prayer for him and then got to the bottom and cheered him on. He gave me the biggest hug. I hope we can train for another one together. I told him he still owes me one. :-) 

 You are awesome, Jeff!! First marathon- 4:15. Awesome job babe!
 Here is Annie, our Boston Qualifier! She is amazing!
 I am so glad I got to start the race with that guy!
Sarah and I...can't wait to run our next one together. I miss her more than she can know.

1 comment:

amydear said...

I am thankful for running because I met you through running! Love all those photos.