Last Sunday was one of my favorite days in a long time. My dad and my best friend Julie were both doing a local race, and my son and went to cheer them on with signs, raincoats and umbrellas (it is spring time in the beautiful Northwest you know!!) in hand. I haven't been to a race to cheer others on for a long time - too long. Besides my daily hollering through my car window of - "Get after it" & "Good for you" at the runners I pass by(which my kids now let me know if I missed a runner) - I haven't truly cheered for another member of this amazing running family I am a part of for quite a while. Pre-race jitters of a different kind took me over. My sweet boy may have been a little confused as we pulled in and I loudly noted every runner that went by and voiced how fun and exciting this was. He was sweetly trying to humor me and claim the same excitement that I had taken over his "crazy" mom.
|My TROOPER - cheering on Papa & Julie|
|How couldn't you be inspired by this sweet face......|
So - let's not forget to Cheer!!! It is a piece of my running inspiration I was missing for way too long.
And when you are logging your miles this week - FINISH STRONG!!!!
Ok - now time to brag on two of my favorite people in the whole world - my dad and Julie BOTH won medals at the race!!! It was the perfect finish to our morning & a huge note in both of their mental victories. My dad is starting an official training plan because we are going to do a half together on Father's day (which I am beyond excited about!!). So - it was great for him to see that if..........Oh yes - he's STILL got it. And for Julie - who has ben re-claiming her running journey as she has been recovering form an injury - she got to earn that medal with her usual Julie smile & claim that she as well - has STILL got it!!
Before sharing a few of my favorite pictures I am going to dedicate an "This is my Jam" to Julie. I always think of her when I warm up to this (is it a little on the slow side) - because it says over and over - "I want you back. Back - back". Which she has been saying for a while to one of her true loves - RUNNING and I would say that after watching her race & claim 1st place in her age division - that running has come back to her!! I can't wait to train and race with her again.
Good Job Dad & Julie!!! Love you guys
And for a few pictures from our day.......
|My dad didn't know he had a cheering section!!|
|Blessed to have such a great Best Friend to share running & life with!!|
|My sweet boy, my dad & I|
|You know it's a good time if there is a stuffed bear at the race....|
|That JULIE smile!!! Wear that medal proud friend!!|
|Way to go Dad!!! Looks like I will trying to keep up with him for our half!|
Thanks to all of those that CHEER for me - from near and afar. It makes these miles worth it!