Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Who I run for

When I cross that starting line in Hopkinton on Monday and start my 26.2 mile journey to Boston, I will be running for a lot of reasons, and for a lot of people.

I will be running for Josh. I know he loves me no matter what, but I always want to impress him. He will be in my heart the entire way (as he is always is, especially so when we are apart) and I know he will be following my splits from home and cheering me on. I will carry his love with me and use it as fuel, and I will reconnect with him as I always do as quickly as possible once I cross that finish line. I will run for him because he is my biggest cheerleader, and because he wants to "see me fly".


I will be running for my kids. I will be running to show them that it is good and important to work hard and chase your dreams, and that hard work is rewarding. I will be running to show them that women can be good, loving, and devoted moms and wives, and can also have their own personal passions and goals. I will be running HARD because Amanda (front and center in the black and blue dress) has demanded (as usual) that I beat all the boys. :)


I will be running for my Noah. Yesterday he took 5-8 steps all on his own several times, after standing up all by himself, without holding on to anything. This is the baby we were told would likely never sit up on his own, or even hold up his own head. Every day he shows me what love, determination, persistence, and faith can do. We witness miracles with him every day.


I will be running for my parents. They were at my first, second, and third marathons, even though those all happened within four months and involved travel on their part. They spoiled me during our stay in NY for the NYC marathon and cheered me on all along the course with Josh. They always text me right before and right after my races if they aren't there. They give me endless, unconditional love and support in all that I do, and to Josh and the kids. (I can't wait to see them!)



I will be running for Jennifer. Although we met through the blog and she lives on the East Coast, she is an amazing friend to me. She sent me the most fun "get pumped up for Boston" CD mix, and a card and poem that made me cry (and are definitely coming to Boston with me!) And of course a few weeks ago she sent me my most awesome Boston Marathon jacket! She is always there to encourage me, support me, make me laugh, let me whine, or anything else I need, and her friendship is priceless to me. I know she won't be able to get anything done at work until I cross that finish line, so I will have to just be quick about it. :)


I will be running for Brooks! I am so excited and grateful to be sponsored by the most amazing company. I have already met some super cool people and gotten some wonderful opportunities thanks to Brooks, and I am honored to represent them when I race (and will definitely "Run Happy" and be rocking my PureFlows in Boston). I will be wearing my uniform with pride!


I will be running for all of my other family members and friends that have shown me support, encouragement, and love. I will be running for all of the great people I have connected with through this blog, the Runner's World article, my running club, etc. I have gotten so much inspiration from other runners who have shared their stories with me, and to those of you who comment regularly and/or have emailed me, I truly, truly appreciate it.

I will be running for all of the people out there who are just starting out on their running journey or are struggling. I will be running to show you that you CAN find the time to get your running in, you CAN lose weight, you CAN change your self-image, you CAN get faster, and you CAN achieve much, much more than you think you can.

And finally, I will be running for me. I will be racing because I love it. I will be running to celebrate over 75lbs lost, and an athlete found inside myself. I will be running to honor the fact that in less than three years I will have gone from not being able to run even two miles, to (hopefully!) running a sub 3:15 Boston Marathon. I will be running to show myself that I am strong, I am fast, I am capable, I am tough, I am determined, I am brave, and I am faithful. I will be running to celebrate the results of a whole lot of hard work and training. I will be running to get one step closer to my ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials. I will be running because I believe it is a gift that God my Heavenly Father has given to me and wants me to use to the best of my abilities. I will be running to show myself that I can achieve my goals and dreams. I will be running because it is a part of who I am and what I love to do.


33 comments:

Jen@runfortheboys said...

Ok. Now I am crying. Noah takes the cake. You are amazing and have worked so hard for this. I am so proud of you!!!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

...and P.S. I absolutely will NOT be able to get any work done until you are finished so make it snappy, will ya?! ;) I won't be working afterwards either because I will be celebrating!!!

christa said...

You are awesome!

Julia said...

this is AMAZING!!! so many wonderful people and things to be running for! cheering for you!

Elly said...

Go Erin! What a lovely post. You're an inspiration. Thoughts and cheers will be with you on Monday - and I hope you beat all the boys! :)
Elly

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

You are so inspirational. I just started reading your blog after seeing your story in RW. Best of luck in Boston and maybe I will see you if we can get a blogger meet up together!

Nicole said...

Wonderful post! I am crying but so inspired. I will be thinking about you on Monday. I know you will do well. Looking forward to reading all about it.

Jill said...

The blogworld loves you, girl! Run hard, run strong, have fun and enjoy every single step!! LOVE ya!

Allison said...

I'm mostly a lurker, but I wanted to jump on and say best of luck to you, Erin! It's been so awesome following your journey, and I'm excited to hear how Boston goes for you. Go get 'em!

Jlern1 said...

I am so thankful to have come across you through Runner's World and your blog....you are a daily inspiration to me! I hope that God blesses you tenfold on Monday for the blessing that you are to all of us. RUN, ERIN, RUN!!! :)

Jody Hinton said...

Erin,

I stumbled across you blog a while ago and completely enjoyed reading it and was so excited to see you featured in Runner's World.

I have been re-inspired by your commitment and complete joy you find in running (something I have been missing for the past 2 years). Your journey has been amazing and a statement of the success created by hard work.

Best of luck in Boston! It is an amazing experience that cannot be recreated anywhere else. Enjoy the entire 26.2 miles and relish in the process, there is nothing else like it.

brg said...

you HAVE worked hard. I've been reading a lot about "luck and running" lately - but to me the best definition of luck is = preparation(i.e. hard work) meets opportunity(i.e Boston Marathon) and that's all the "luck" you need. go git it Erin!!!

Natalie R. said...

I am so excited for you!! I wish I could be there to cheer you on. Lene's primary teacher will be there, and I am subbing for her class on Sunday. Thanks for your awesome posts. I truly did not think I could really get faster, but I am working on it. Reading that Noah has taken steps is truely amazing! Even though I haven't met him yet. P.S. when I talk about you or the family, my kids say, "you mean our cousins in Wyoming?" I wish you all the best, and I know you are soooo prepared and ready for sub 3:15 in Boston. I'll be cheering from WA on Monday.

Michelle said...

Erin....You leave me speechless. Wish I could see you cross the finish line, but I think I'll be a little bit behind you! Hee, hee. Cheers, my friend. Hope to meet you while we are there.

Annet said...

How beautiful!! We will all be cheering you on, from every corner of the globe (well, at least from my corner down under!).

Amanda@runninghood said...

Go Noah!! So many reasons to run Erin and so many amazing people to run for!! This gives me chills. I am also thankful to be running for Brooks and i will wear my Brooks shirt with pride too. :) I hope I get to meet you Erin!

coach dion said...

At the 2Oceans here in Cape Town this Past weekend, I was on the side suporting in the rain... I was running up and down the road in full rain gear and umbrella with every person I know. It was great fun, and I wish I could do it for you at Boston...

go make us proud

superhappyjohi said...

You are amazing! :)

Anonymous said...

Go Noah!! He is just chasing his fast mama!! Go Erin! We will all be cheering you on!! Carol-wv

Mark Matthews said...

This is simply an incredible self-talk, pep talk. I want to copy it and change some names around and call it my own.

Quiltlady said...

Good luck! I love it and wish you the very best on Monday! Go girl!

dilettante07 said...

Wow--you are so amazing and inspiring. I use you as my morning motivation to just get out the door!

Look at what all this hard work has led to. I'm so happy you said you are running not only for all the wonderful people in your life, but for YOU. You deserve to have an amazing race. Run like the wind!

misszippy said...

So many AMAZING reasons to be running this race, Erin! They will all be in your hip pocket helping you along to your goal.

Noah's big grin is just precious!

Anonymous said...

You inspire me! You have a great heart for your family and for running. You show us that we can balance being good wives and mothes and also being able to do what we love.

Good luck- can't wait to hear all about it.
Kelly in Michigan (from Casper, Wyoming originally) :)

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo excited to hear about Noah! Good luck in Boston-Marg

Emz said...

Ya add me to the needed Kleenex crew.
I loved this.
"see you fly" -- my favorite part.

Jill said...

I can't wait to hear how you do. Good luck! I was going to tell you the other day that thinking of you actually helped me get through my tempo run. SO MANY times during that run I just wanted to walk for a few seconds and then I thought about how you get through your tough workouts without quitting and I needed to do that too. I'm not quite sure why that thought popped into my head, but it did, and I finished the run feeling stronger mentally and physically. Thanks for your example. You will do awesome in Boston.

bethp262 said...

Crying here, too! Beautiful post.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

And we will all be thinking of you while you run! Have fun, run happy, be strong! You are going to do this!

Valorie D said...

I've been reading probably a couple of months now and find you very inspiring. I'll be rooting for you and watching for you to finish! Thank you for being an example for all mom's!

Kim said...

Hi Erin,

I've been following your blog for the last few months, and have really enjoyed reading about your Boston training. I hope you really enjoy the experience of running in Boston, and was wondering if you would be posting your bib id so your followers can follow your progress!

Good luck!

Suz and Allan said...

This is such a sweet and heartfelt post. Best of luck to you this weekend!

lindsay said...

hey now, what about the rest of the family? ;) just kidding of course, i think blogger would implement a word limit before you were able to talk about each of the kiddos!

hope you're having a great weekend in boston and good luck tomorrow! rock it out! (i know you will) :)