We were the most adorable group of four girls running you ever did see.
Yes, that would be my pony-tail-a-swingin'.
I'm just so grateful to each of these girls for lots of reasons.
Of course, my sister, Susan is the reason I began running at all. I mean, if she didn't spur me on to run that last 5k I'd probably still be spending naptime on the sofa with a bag of chips. Now I just do that a few times a week, and the other times I run. :)
Attending her first 5k, when I wasn't running, just there cheering her on? Was total a turning point. I thought, hell if I'm not there to run the next one with her. And so I trained, and I got myself from a place of a non-runner to a 5k'er at least, and I couldn't...no, I wouldn't have done that without the motivation of my sister.
My friend Kristen. She also really helped motivate me, too. The great thing about our relationship is that she was a blog reader (although we had lots of mutual friends as it seems), who 'came out' (hehe) in one of my old de-lurking posts about a year ago or so. We started chatting, we have kids only a few months apart from one another, and both trying to lose the post-baby weight at the time. She and I became pretty fast friends, and since we don't live too far apart, we try to get together with the kids as often as we can.
Well, she and I both were all Okay, I'll run this 5k if you do. So we both started our behinds on the Couch to 5k program at about week 4...and every time we'd run, we'd text one another. Ask about the run. We'd whine if we didn't feel like running. We'd tell the other to get off the couch and do it anyway. And it helped. Big time. And we ran our first 5k together a few weeks ago. Granted, she ran it a ton faster than me (I blame the fact she was an athlete, ha). But, still! We did it.
Another one of the girls in that photo is Ashley. I'm grateful for her, too. See, she was/is a friend from Twitter. We knew we both lived pretty local, and ironically went to high school together but never really knew of each other. We both sort of took up running around the same time. We'd be all get your butt to the gym and do it anyway if motivation was lacking that day. Or we'd just comment on each other's runs, etc. We'd all signed up for the same 5k, and so the day I met her face to face? Was the day of my first 5k a few weeks ago.
So far, me, my sister, Kristen, and Ash have run two races together. And this past time? We all stuck by each other for most of the race. All of these girls have really helped me with my running goals and I appreciate them all so much.
All this to say, that having some kind of 'support team'...for me? Is totally critical in this running thing. For me, it's part of the reason I'm able to keep going when I want to stop. It's the reason I get on the treadmill during naptime. Or it's the reason I'll go out for that run the second my husband walks through the door.
For me, having some accountability...even in just the form of a text, tweet, phonecall--to moan, gripe, or cheer each other on....it's important.
So, thank you, girls. Truly, thanks.