Friday, October 16, 2009

Thank you.

Okay, I promise I will get to Part III of my race report (the after-party . . . woo woo!) soon. But I need to get something out of my system first before I can continue with that. Just now, I was going over all of the incredible, kind comments you guys have left me since the Chicago Marathon, and I got a little choked up--okay, more than a little choked up--a lot choked up. It was one of those moments where I realized just how crazy supportive and all-around amazing you RBFs (or BRFs, depending on who you ask) are. You guys have stuck with me through some rough times, and never--NOT ONCE--have you ever doubted me. You've always been there, armed with kind words and encouragement, a little motivation or a joke just when I needed it most. You guys are seriously the only reason I've been able to keep going some days. Hell, there are times when I like y'all more than my own friends and family . . . no lie! To be fair, part of that stems from the fact that you'd never say things to me like, "Geez, Bae. That Goofy Challenge thing sounds a little bit excessive to me." Or "Did you win your marathon this weekend?" Or "How many miles was this marathon?" Y'all just get me. And I guess it's unreasonable to expect non-runners to "get it" . . . but just know that I am incredibly grateful to have you people around to help me obsess over the minute details of running.

I guess what I'm trying to say is thank you. Thank you for always being there when I need you the most. Thank you for attempting to build my lousy confidence time and time again. Thank you for continuing to show interest in the drivel I spew into the blogosphere. Thank you for picking me up when I start to doubt myself (which, let's be honest, is pretty often). Thank you for inevitably putting a smile on my face no matter how bad a day I'm having. Thank you for giving me the motivation to get out there day after day. Thank you for caring about my goals and accomplishments. Thank you for inspiring me in the best ways possible. Thank you for being hilarious, generous, unique individuals. Thank you for your sage advice. Thank you for keeping me honest. Thank you for giving me a shoulder to cry on when things don't go as planned. Thank you for being such awesome ambassadors for this sport that I love so very much.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I love you guys. Seriously. I realize that may come across as creepy . . . but sometimes when I'm reading your incredible blogs or looking over your wonderful comments, I just can't help but feel blessed to have taken the plunge and started this silly little blog. My life would feel empty without y'all!


Paul said...

Beautiful words, IC :-)

Isn't the global running community kinda cool!

Cheers, Paul

The Laminator said...

Okay - you suck!

Are you happy now? You can stop getting so sentimental and choked up!

Actually, don't you know that you can't get runner love without giving runner love you're the only we should thank for being so motivational and inspirational in your running/non-running life.

Seriously! Can you believe you ran a marathon and PR'd despite all the work, school, moving out-of-state craziness you had to deal with in the past several months? If you can see it from our vantage's pretty incredible and shows what an awesome strong runner you are!

So yeah, so thanks for the compliments but right back at ya...
now get back to Part III...I want to hear more about Chicago! =)

Marathonman101108 said...

You're welcome! What goes around, comes around. You're right though. Non-runners don't always get it. Too many times I'm asked how long a marathon is. I actually had someone ask me if the Hartford Marathon and the NY City Marathon are both 26 miles! Congrats again, and I'm happy for you and your personal and professional accomplishments. BIG hug to you, girl.

DelDean said...

Actually, that Goofy Challenge is a bit excessive - but that's the point of it, right?

Some have lives full of nothing but fluff,
And some are a story of "too much & not enough".
To bring a smile to your face,
I leave these words in your blog space;
I wrote this now, right off the cuff,
Think of your RBFs whenever things get rough!

your friend,

lindsay said...

yes, thank goodness for a bunch of other people who love to discuss running so much. sometimes i step back and i think - do i really blab on and on about running? what is wrong with me? haha. most of my "real life" people don't get it either, but oh well. it's certainly nice to have an outlet for our "weird" passion.

Marlene said...

Blog friends really are the best, aren't they?! It's been fun getting to 'know' you and being along for the ride. You're reciprocated all of the support so thank you to you too!

X-Country2 said...

Starting this blogging things is one of the best things I've done for that very reason. Just such an amazing community.

Morgan said...

Isn't the support the best!?!? Loving it! Just got back home from my vaca we must meet up for a run soon. I'm hitting Cady Way this weekend for a 10 miler with another blogger in the area if you're interested. Hit me up!

Rachel said...

Love it! The running community is the bestest!

Anonymous said...

Many of us should also be saying "Thank you" right back at you. You provide many of us with support and encouragement. I love runners communities, whether in person or online... such a great group!

trials of training said...

Seriously, running blogs/bloggers do wonders!! It's funny how we find each other, stick around, and then I start saying things like "well, my friend is running this marathon in Chicago on sunday...." haha uhh?! :)

Now I need to catch up on your race reports!!!

sRod said...

Aw, shucks. I think you're swell too. :-D

Spike said...

Running bloggers = best people ever; but don’t forget how much you encourage and support us!