My runner’s high from last weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon is still going strong. Three weeks ago today I was admitted to the hospital. Who would have thought that two weeks later I’d cross the finish line of my second half marathon, and PR?
I doubted myself the entire way to the start line, and then even during the race, as to whether or not I could run most of it, let alone run any of it, or finish faster than my Disney World Half Marathon finish time. But I did it, and I can’t take all of the credit for it. If it weren’t for my support system, which includes all of you, there’s no way that I could have made the progress that I’ve made over the past three weeks, or made it through all 13.1 miles of last weekend’s race.
I feel so blessed to have as large and strong of a support system as I do. I’m so thankful for all of your support, and I couldn’t have made the recovery progress that I have without each and every one of you. I’ve been blown away by the support that all of you have offered, and I can’t thank you enough. It may not seem as though you’ve done much, but your kinds thoughts and words of encouragement have meant more than you could ever imagine.
There’s no way that I could have made the progress that I have without all of you, especially:
1. My husband, who remained calm while we were at urgent care, then in the ER, working with the doctors to figure out what was going on. I’m beyond grateful for the extra responsibilities that since then he’s picked up at home in order to allow me the extra time for rest and relaxation that have been prescribed by my neurologist. He was my biggest supporter at last Saturday’s race, and has been my biggest supporter throughout my entire running journey.
2. My parents, who when Preston first notified them about me being in the hospital instantly went about starting a prayer chain. The power of prayer cannot be debated.
3. My coworkers who have helped pick up the slack for me at work, especially in opening up their classrooms to offer my students a place to work after school so that I can leave and go home and rest.
4. My friends who when I first got out of the hospital continuously offered to bring us food and keep me company if I wanted it. I was beyond amazed by the outpouring of support that you all offered, and have thoroughly enjoyed the flowers that you brought me both at home and at school.
5. The virtual running community. So many of you offered words of encouragement here on the blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and not only offered hopes for a speedy recovery, but encouraged me when I thought that I was ill trained to run Rock ‘n’ Roll USA, reminding me that I could in fact finish the race. I haven’t met very few of you in person yet, however, your outpouring of support is been unbelievable. I am beyond thankful to be a part of the online running community.
To each and every one of one, thank you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for believing in me. And thank you for helping me get through some of the hardest weeks of my life.
QOTD: Who do you lean on during tough times?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!