It’s almost impossible to believe that my first marathon is in 26 days. The road of training to get here has been long and filled with so many triumphs and setbacks. Though I never gave up one thing I know for sure is I couldn’t have gotten here on my own. A good friend and coach of mine told me that at her first marathon she dedicated each mile to a person, or a time in her life and that helped her focus along the way. I have decided to do the same and am so thankful to these people both individually and as a whole.
The reason I start everything, the 3 people in this world that I want to make proud! Thank you so much for the sacrifices our family has made so I could be able to train. Our family is where my life truly began.
4)Kathy Krzykowski, Soheila Yaddow and Kelly O’Connor
Our foursome has gotten me through training and I’m so thankful we have shared our enthusiasm and fear. Plus monthly prizes and sticker charts were genius! I have reaped so much encouragement and advice from you 3 ladies and I’m so proud of all of us!
I don’t know if you remember, when I was playing with the idea of running a marathon you said to me “I think you could do it, you’re built for long distance”. When a lot of my runs got hard I remembered your voice in my head. Thank you for always encouraging me bestie!
My beautiful running cousins who I love like sisters. I am so glad that we are able to share this connection despite our distance. Let’s plan another cousin weekend, in a few miles my schedule will be clear again.
I saw a sign at Boilermaker that said “If Donald Trump can run so can you” this mile is normally where I hit “the wall” and I will try and remember that if Donald Trump can do something as ridiculous as run for POTUS I can run a marathon. “I have really great legs, they have run many miles so that’s not a problem”
More specifically I dedicate mile 9.6. I have been so lucky to have a Coach with endless advice and experience! In 1996 he “accidentally” was the first American in at Boston! So yea my coach is famous. Thanks Coach!
10)To the beautiful women in my life that have acted as mothers in the absence of my own. Mothers of friends, aunts, older sisters and foster parents. I am proud to say I belong to each of you.
11)The year 2011, to the people I knew and the person I was.
My childhood best friend, we have been through SO much in the last 20 years and I’m so proud of the man you have become. I remember you taking me out for a run after Audrey, it was slow and painful and you looked at me and said “you’re still lapping everyone on the couch”. You always know how to make me smile and I’m lucky to have you.
Thanks you for being my run wife! Calling me crazy a million times and always being down for a mid week run. Our friendship goes so far beyond running but it’s been the excuse to vent and reconnect when life gets busy. Thank you for dedicating your Wednesdays to my girls so I could train, you are irreplaceable!
When I was 14 you passed away. In my life you inadvertently sent me on the path to the woman I wanted to be. And the one I wanted never to be. Thank you.
Some days you make me proud and other days I just shake my head and wonder what the heck you are doing. But every day I love you. Thank you for being my protectors and first friends.
I could not do this without you guys! The love and support this team offers is never ending and I have so much joy knowing I am a part of such a wonderful group! So many of you have personally ran with me, shared experience or just been around for a good laugh. It’s hard to remember how badass a marathon is when you are surrounded by so many badasses!
17)The children of Mozambique, and the wonderful people I met there. Kathy Cherry for adopting me during safari and Doug Gilchrist for giving me “Johnny’s Camaro”. Here I am on another uncomfortable adventure!
I’m giving you mile 18.12 specifically. This summer I saw you push through races that were sent straight from the depths of Hell. But you always finished. You perserverance and strength are just 2 of the many things I admire about you. I want to be Deb Green when I grow up!
I made you a promise and I never forgot.
Especially for her parents Julianne and Seamus. I love you guys a ridiculous amount and though nothing can make it right I will run with love in my heart for your beautiful girl.
21)Jenny Furgala Thank you for your endless advice and support. You are the one person I can always call on about butt chafe, shin splints and so many other questionable running related ailments. You are my hero, my fairy godmother and an amazing friend.
This will be the longest distance I cover without you by my side. I have so enjoyed training together. Our laughs, long talks and friendship have been the highlight of training. I know we will run many more miles together and make many more memories. You are an amazing person, your joy and gratefulness of life is a blessing to those in your presence, I am so honored to know you.
I just want to say I’m sorry. Which I should’ve said to my toenail before it left.
24)Ron Gravina and Thomas Maddison
The patriarchs of the Maddison and Gravina families, who have welcomed me like their own.
25)GOD not last but carrying me the entire way. Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon my life. Thank you for the moments of fear and doubt that have made me stronger. Please continue to guide and protect me.
As a mother and wife I am always last on a list longer than the day is long. Today I finish this for the woman I was, the woman I am and the woman I will become.