Virtual sherpa’s for 16 miles

A word of advice for any of you contemplating 26.2:

Surround yourself with sherpa’s.
(borrowing this concept from my dear friend Lindsay who is an incredible sherpa to the hubs!)

To say that I felt embraced and supported by my circle of sherpa’s on this morning’s 16 miler would be an understatement. I felt surrounded by love, encouragement, faith and courage.

From my sister (and M) who ‘virtually ran’ almost 8 miles of our 16 miler ‘with’ us this morning.

From Lindsay whose healthy bite creations were an incredible burst of energy for me at about mile 9.

From Heather who also ‘virtually ran’ 7 of our 16 miles ‘with’ us this morning.

And bestie Steph who texted me at 5:05 this morning to tell me she decided to get up and get her run done ‘with’ us, versus waiting until later in the day to get her workout in.

…virtual sherpa’s at their finest.

As if I wasn’t lucky enough to have such fine sherpa friends virtually surrounded me this morning, I also had the hubs by my side, the best damn sherpa that ever existed. I’d like to think I’m a fine sherpa for him, too. We swapped that role a few times this morning, actually. Me – opening the baggie of fuel, jamming a handful of gummi bears in Scott’s hands. Him – handing me my own baggie of fuel, even when I didn’t think I needed more, he knew…and automatically gave them to me. And both of us – offering words of encouragement, cracking jokes or telling little stories to break the silence now and then.

This morning’s run was far more than another PDR for me — it was a shining example, THE best example I can think of, actually — of why I run. Why we run.

It’s about experiences like these, bonding moments like this between Scott and I, but also bonding moments between loved ones — both family and friends — and also moments of faith, sending silent prayers yet again to Him a few miles into our run. Those words gave me the peace and calm that I needed to keep from getting too mental about the run.

Sure, there were moments where I had to battle a bit to quiet my mind, or when my joints would get a little achy and it made every step feel tougher and tougher. It isn’t all puppies and rainbows up in here. It was hard work. I was wilting by the end of it. But the bottom line is we made it. We made it together. And this run, these moments — well, I’m pretty sure I’ll cherish them always.

…who knew training for 26.2 would turn into such a spiritual, emotional journey for me, even more so than a physical one? I had no idea. But I love it.

28 thoughts on “Virtual sherpa’s for 16 miles

  1. awww! I love this sis! Gave me a little lump in my throat! I love that we all surrounded you guys as virtual sherpas and I totally felt you as we ran, not to sound corny, but I did. When I was struggling I felt it and then when I was feeling strong, I was trying to send it your way (around say, 7:30 am or so??). And I talked to the ONE bunny a little extra long as we ran by just for you πŸ™‚ Congrats, so proud πŸ™‚

    • Seriously sis, I totally ‘felt’ your presence on this run today. It was exactly the boost I needed…totally felt surrounded by all of you guys today, it was just awesome.

      PS seriously LOL’ing at the bunny convo you had: hiiiii bunnnnnnyy!!!! πŸ˜‰

  2. The sherpas are so very important, aren’t they? It’s such an incredible feeling to feel supported like that. GREAT JOB JESS on conquering 16 miles. Can you believe you just ran 16?? πŸ™‚

  3. This is incredibly inspirational! Tony and I have only just started running and I have to admit that there is something so comforting in running next to your best friend (spouse). I’m so happy that you two are enjoying this time together and I love that it brings you closer together!

    • It is the absolute BEST part of this whole thing — running side-by-side with my best friend on the ENTIRE planet. He makes my world that much better, ya know? I LOVE that you two are starting to run together!!

  4. It was a journey like that for me too. It’s amazing the things you can learn and reflect upon when putting in those miles. Can’t wait to take that journey again. Until then, I’m rooting you on as a “virtual sherpa” and then LIVE on D-Day! πŸ™‚

  5. This morning as I drove the 50ft to barre class, at 6:00 am, I saw some runners and I thought to myself, “Hey self, today Jess will be killing 16 miles instead of killing me in method class!” Congratulations, you are a constant source of inspiration for me πŸ™‚

    • HA!! I love that!! I hope you got a good ass kicking in class today even though I wasn’t there. πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for being such a big supporter too, I love having someone close by to talk about this stuff with, makes it all the better, ya know??

  6. I can totally relate to you on this, Jess. Training for my half was the exact same way…so much more spiritual than physical – whether with His words or within my own self. Running, to me, should be all about reaching way down inside and embracing everything about ourselves…and sharing that by being the strength that others need. I feel like I reached out to so many people while training now that I look back. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be a part of your support crew this morning…I just got back online about an hour ago! (And my cell phone gets choppy service out here. Of course H has a solution, but we’re waiting on its arrival. Ha.) Congrats on the PDR my friend…I’m so proud of you.

    • Isn’t that crazy how emotional and spiritual something so PHYSICAL can truly be?? It’s unreal, seriously.

      And um hi, do NOT apologize friend — you’re always my virtual sherpa whether you realize it or not!! (you were moving ps so puhleeze, no apologies!!)

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