At these moments when self doubt becomes so great, I often look far outside the run for the energy and will to keep moving forward. This weekend I recall thinking of many things and I would like to share them with you:
- There was a sign on the course that said "Pain Is Temporary. Pride Is Forever." I reminded myself of this over and over again through many of those late night and early morning hours as the pain continued to grow.
- All those battling Multiple Myeloma and other fatal illnesses. Some of them are very dear to me (you know who you are). These friends are stronger than I ever imagined one could be. Their courage most certainly gives me strength when I need it most.
- This year I had a little extra in the tank for my brother in law. He spent the last 3 years getting fit and losing 60 pounds, initially just to run with me. He was in Raleigh to run my last loop so how could I let him down.
- And of course my family who's faces I would picture (Tani, Jared, Kyle and Isla) with big smiles of pride because I finished. And they deserve the finish because they are supportive and sacrifice for my running.