People amaze me…in a good way. This has become even more evident in the last couple of days as I prepare to leave for my first marathon in Chicago. The words of encouragement throughout training have been much needed and I am so grateful for them. I can’t even begin to express the gratitude I have for the overwhelming support that I have felt over the past couple of days. It has brought happy tears to my eyes on several occasions.

I  cannot even begin to name or thank everyone individually that has supported and encouraged me along this journey. However, I do have to give a special thank you to my husband, Todd. He has been my biggest fan. Never once complaining about the long runs that left me too tired to function for the rest of the day or the countless times that the whole weekend had to be adjusted to fit in a training run.

A huge thank you to the friends and family  that have sent e-mails, Facebook messages or notes. You are too numerous to name. The phone calls, hugs, smiles and laughter as well as the tears that have been shared have all played their part in this amazing journey. People amaze me.

As I was getting ready for work earlier this week, these words came to me.

“You don’t have to do it by yourself, but you do have to do it for yourself.”

I wasn’t sure at the time what they meant. Today their meaning is much clearer. I am running 26.2 miles on Sunday. While I will be doing it for myself, I know I know I won’t be alone.


    • Jeremy Mikel on October 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Rock on Shari! You make us all proud!!!

  1. Woot! You go girl!

    • Heather on October 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Rock on!

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