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.
LOVE! THAT! POST! And so, so true. We can all use those sherpas in our lives. And it’s good to know that they’re around. 16 miles are incredible! You guys ROCK!
Sherpas make the world go round, I firmly believe that. 🙂
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 🙂 Congrats, so proud 🙂
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!!!! 😉
YAY for virtual sherpas! Just know I was running with you in spirit. I seriously was wondering what mile you guys were in too. So happy it was a great run!
I knew you were there in spirit — and really needed it those last few miles, you were that little push I needed at the very end. 🙂
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?? 🙂
It is such an incredible feeling, you’re so right…and no, I CAN’T believe we ran 16 miles today!!!! Still kind of in awe.
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!!
i love this! congrats! I will always be your sherpa! virtually, spiritually, and hopefully one day IRL!
I love you friend!! I needed your spirit and support today and you brought it my way, big time.
And ps that healthy bite around mile 9? Utterly glorious. Legit.
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! 🙂
Totally the best part of this ENTIRE experience, for real. So so so love it. And seriously cannot WAIT to have you there as my REAL sherpa on race day!! ahhh!!
Hehe I thought of Lindsay as soon as I read your title!
She’s a smart chick, isn’t she?
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 🙂
HA!! I love that!! I hope you got a good ass kicking in class today even though I wasn’t there. 😉
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??
i absolutely love that you guys get to share your love through running. what a great marriage builder!!!!
It’s been such an awesome side effect of training, I just LOVE that so much
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!!)
It is so so so important to surround yourself by positive people. It makes you better…in every way. 🙂 Great job!!
It makes LIFE that much better doesn’t it?? Thank you friend!
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