Today I ran 6 miles thanks to my wonderful friend Stephanie. I have been having a hard time staying motivated and last night she offered to run "with" me. She lives in New York City and I live in Ohio so we are making it work this week by promising to do the miles on the day we set. The other thing she did for me was suggesting I dedicate every mile of today's and Sunday's run to someone or something that holds a place in my heart or life. So I want to share my list with you.
Today I ran for:
Mile 1: Stephanie
Mile 2: My cousin Tiffany who has depression
Mile 3: My Aunt Terri who was diagnosed with breast cancer
Mile 4: My cousin Mandy who was diagnosed with MS a few years ago
Mile 5: My grandmother who had a stroke last year
Mile 6: My grandfather who had a heart attack while I was in Ithaca
Sunday I will run for:
Mile 1: Stephanie
Mile 2: My Aunt Kathy who has fibromyalgia
Mile 3: Matthew Wilson a friend of mine who recovered from 2 strokes at the age of 21
Mile 4: Kyle Pott the boyfriend the man who supports my running habit even though he hates
running he runs with me
Mile 5: Chase Otto my nephew who is allergic to everything
Mile 6: My cousin Ryan who is over weight and needs some guidance
Mile 7: My Dad the man who has supported me forever
Mile 8: My cousin Steven who has CP
All of these people as Stephanie says are getting healthier by proxy. I love all of these people more than the sun, moon, or stars. They are amazing people who deserve my dedication and respect. I run for them when I get discouraged and frustrated.
On a different note the hardest part of my run is the walk back to the office following said run. Today I ran 3 miles inside on the track and was so bored I grabbed my cold weather running gear and headed outside where I did the last 3 miles on the river trail.