Thursday, May 17, 2012

Onward to Ogden

"[Running] is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that. It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The what makes it great."
-Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
My thoughts have been all over the place this week.

I'm running a marathon this weekend.

To quote my 3 year old neighbor boy, "What the?!"

I feel calm.  I feel ready, and finally I feel excited!  Of course I have goals for myself, but the real thing for me is that I get to run this weekend.  After all the training, all the set backs- I made it to the start line, and I know I will make it to that finish.

May 19, 2007, we lost a very dear friend of ours.  Dustin Ryan Morris- one of my husband's very best friends- died from a drug overdose.  Losing Dustin was heartbreaking for all of us, and losing him the way we did just ripped us up.  Drugs became very real to us at that point.  The danger and the heartbreak they cause are not worth it. Drugs affect so much more than just the person who's taking them.
This Saturday, May 19, 2012, on the 5 year anniversary of his death, I will be running for Dustin.  For all of the things he missed.  I will be running to set an example for my kids about what a healthy addiction looks like; there are healthy outlets for stress, insecurity, and pain.

This one's for you Dusdee....

Happy:  Run a marthon
Happier:  BQ
Happiest:  Break under 3:30

Thank you to family, friends, and the best blogging community around for your support in getting me to the start line.  And thanks to Erin and Breona for the perfect quotes to sum up how I've been feeling.  Love to you all!

Coming to see me?  Look for me in a green Nike top, black shorts and black compression socks, and bright pink Nike shoes.  Looking to finish by 10:30 AM :)


Christie said...

I hope you have the 'Happiest' race! :) Remember those fast Yasso's you were doing not to long ago - Sub 3:30 prediction right there.

Have so much fun and run hard :) Good luck lady!!!!!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

GOOD LUCK GIRL!!! I am beyond excited for you!!! I wish I could track you:( I want to hear every detail of you rocking that sub 3:30!

Amy @ Run Mom Run said...

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! I know you can do it!

I think addiction in some form touches everyone in some way. I think it's wonderful that you're running for Dustin.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck!! I hope you get to run pain free, and you end up under 3:30. Wahoo!!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Words cannot even begin to describe how proud of you I am just for getting to that starting line. The fact that it falls on such a special day for you and your family gives the race so much purpose and I know that that purpose will carry you when you are feeling weak. You are strong, you are fast, and you have trained your guts out for this race.

Best of luck tomorrow I am definitely thinking about you and wish I could be there to watch. I was originally planning to be there but will now be babysitting the triplets. Please, please text me and let me know how things go.

Krissy Downs said...

I happened upon your blog and see you are running a marathon this weekend - good luck! Hope the nervous butterflies in your tummy make you run faster. Sub 3:30 is definitely in order - get after it and have fun!

AdamAndMelaine said...

I saw that you met your goal. 3:29! Congratulations! Your blog is really inspiring me to move past my own running injury this past year and get back in the game. :)