Friday, July 29, 2011

Half Dedicated

I had started a dedication….  13.1 miles of cheerful silly dedication for my posse, my peeps, my coach, my friends…

You know the drill, every mile, I run for someone.  Usually this person has run a bunch of miles with me listening to my inane chatter.  Often this person has suffered through 200 page e-mails of nonsense.  I vow not to walk in their mile.  I vow to think of them.  I vow...   But this weekend, as fun as it is setting up to be, isn't all fun and games… and I’d like to run for a few people I’ve never met.  

Mile 1 – is for my kids, they’re fabulous, even when they’re driving me nuts.  They support me, encourage me, and comfort me when I need it.  Love you all, even when you’re talking back.

Mile 2 – is for my Aunt Ann.  Her Birthday would have been this week, but we lost her too young to cancer.  She was lovely, and beautiful, and full of a grace that I wish I possessed.

Mile 3 – is for my Mother & Sister.  I’m the luckiest woman in the world to have strong women like you in my life.  Between us we make quite the trio.

Mile 4 – is for my Dad.  I want to savor every day.

Mile 5 – is for my Posse.  I couldn’t do half of what I do without your support.  You GBAs are better than I ever could have wished for… and more than I deserve.

Mile 6 – is for my Grandmother.  She’s feisty and strong, and when people say I look and act like her, I am flattered… if only I could be as great as she is… even at 90.

Mile 7 - is for Mere’s Bro ~ Chris.  By Sunday it’s hard to know where you’ll be… but no matter where that is, I’m running this for you.

Mile 8 – is for Mere.  You’re amazing, and there aren’t words to describe why that is…  please know that I will savor the run Mere, because you asked me to… I will bring “GBA”, because you asked me to… and I will have more fun doing it in the moment, because you asked me to.

Mile 9 - is for Sara, for inviting us to the Left Coast.

Mile 10 – is for my Coach.  Even when he’s cranky and hot, which seems to be often, he says the right things… I’ll try not to suck.

Mile 11 - is for T.  I’m so glad you took up running, and so glad that I decided to succumb to peer pressure…  There are really no words.  Or there are 1,200.  Not a whole lot in between.

Mile 12 – is dedicated to passing all the red shirts on the course.

Mile 13 – is dedicated to me, because once upon a time, I might have doubted I could run 13.1 miles, and today, I’m going out to do it again.

Respect the distance.
Try not to suck.
Savor the run.
Always epic.
Cowbell.

12 comments:

Katye said...

amen!

Alili said...

perfect!

Jen said...

LOVE!

Run with Jess said...

Love it all! I always try to do mile dedications & struggle with making them all "meaningful" so then I just get frustrated... Yours is awesome!

Meredith said...

First tears of the day! Beautiful G! Love and hugs!

Allison said...

This is great, something I should do for my races. Hope you have a good trip and race.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Nice to list them all out. And I love saving the last for you!

Now go get the 1 hour and something something!!

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

This is beautiful and so inspiring. I know you will have a great race, no matter what the time on the clock is. I also just have this really really strong feeling that the time on the clock is going to give you reason to celebrate once you cross the finish line. I can't wait to hear all about it and will be thinking of you and T on race day!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I thought of your words, "savor the run" during my awesome 6 miler yesterday.
Have a wonderful time! Can't wait to read all about how everything goes for you ladies.

runningthedawn.com said...

there is something in the way that you pick your words. how you express yourself. that always results in me saying outloud, "amen sister!" not sure how you do it. but i always feel like you have found the words that i've been seeking....

thanks!

Julie D. said...

You got me crying, G. Can't wait for you!! Get after it.

Wifey said...

So damn INSPIRING.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey