This week, I have been blessed with several walks down “running memory” lane.
My two favorite girls — girls who have seen me through thick and thin, crazy good times, and some really ugly ones — registered for their first marathon this week. You may remember Meagan as my Sherpa for the Big Sur Marathon. I am thrilled to say that the excitement of marathon weekend seems to have rubbed off on her. There’s no doubt that Big Sur is an unbelievably beautiful must-run marathon, but I’m confident that being there as part of the Runners World Challenge helped, too. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again :: The RW Challenge rocks! I was so excited when they announced that RW is returning to the 2012 Big Sur Marathon that I’ve been inundating Meagan with emails and not-so subtle FB links ever since. Still, she knocked my socks off when she forwarded me a receipt for her registration. We are attorneys, after all, so we demand proof of these things.
Even more amazing, and a true testament to her persuasiveness, Meagan convinced our friend Lindsay to do it, too! Lindsay knew me long before I was runner and even (briefly) before I was married. Not long after law school, she decided that she was too cool for the US of A, so she’s been working and living abroad for the last several years. Even though she’s had to hear about my transformation from bookworm to runner from the other side of the pond, I hope she knows that if I can do it, she certainly can too.
The fact that I get to write their training plans and coach them (even if it’s from afar) is icing on the cake. 🙂
The RW announcement also piqued the interest of many Boston marathoners, wondering whether they should take on the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. So, I’ve gotten to re-live my entire B2B training season and race experiences while I answer questions from other runners about whether they should take the plunge of running two challenging marathons in less than two weeks. (The short answer: Yes, but only if your training is going well, and you are disciplined enough to save something for Big Sur.)
Their excitement warms my heart. No matter how bad a day I’m having, stopping to talk about running makes me smile.
I know that each of you is going to gain so much, both emotionally and physically, from your marathon goal. And I will gain just as much by supporting you through it. From the bottom of my heart, I am so excited for you, and I thank you.
xoxo ~your busy little B
P.S. I’m officially asking for forgiveness, instead of permission, to ramble on about this and use your names without asking you first. Love you. 🙂