Every once in awhile, the little things that you do for other people come back to you in the most unexpected way. Sometimes it starts with the rekindling of a old friendship, and sometimes, timing is everything.
July 4th, 2013 We started the race together, my 2nd 10k, with the intention of meeting back at he finish line. .4 Miles in I saw Jen to the leftwaiting for me. She threw her own race time out the window to run with me. It was absolutely the most thoughtful thing I had ever seen. She ran with me offering words of encouragement and reminding me how strong I was. After we crossed the finish line, I couldn’t stop crying. The Unthinkable left a special place in my heart.
July 13th, 2013 Jen decided to run another 10K will me, my 3rd one. I was so grateful to know that she was there by my side like that first race that we ran together. Around mile 4 my knee gave out (Later finding out it was Patellar Tendinitis) she cheered me to the finish line even though I had to walk the last mile.
August 31st, 2013 Jen ran the Color Me RAD Race with my whole family. Instead of running ahead when my daughter complained of a stomach ache, she did the Unthinkable AGAIN, She ran next to her offering comfort and support.
From September through November, Jen had continually trained with me and even ran another race with me, staying by my side the entire time of our first 15k.
Between Run Club and Training runs we became closer. A friendship that I am forever grateful for which I never would have rekindled if it weren’t for running.
Running has it’s way of making life better.
November 10th, 2013 Jen stood at the finish line of our first Half Marathon with opened arms.
Me and Jen
Yet again doing the unthinkable, being a caring friend who was happy to be apart of my big day, even if it was her first half marathon too.
Lately we’ve been making plans for our 2014 race’s. I was torn between Ragnar and Tough Mudder. I wanted to do both so badly, but as all of you know, Registration fees are not easy to come by.
Today in the mail I received this:
Jen, yet again, did the unthinkable. She paid for my race fee.
At first I was so happy that I was crying, then a feeling of guilt came over me. After a bit of time I come to realize that every day I give and give never expecting anything in return. I like to see the smile on people’s faces, the warmth in their heart because it makes me feel whole.
I do deserve good things, I do deserve to accept that I am on the receiving end.
Jen, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your continual support and for listening to everything I say, thank you for never judging me and only helping me become a better person.
Thanks for always helping me focus on the good.
I cannot wait to be a part of Ragnar Relay and Tough Mudder with you.
It Is Thankful people Who Are Happy