Friday Five – March 21st – I Couldn’t Have Done It Without All Of You

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:

Photo Credit: Romine Weddings

Photo Credit: Romine Weddings

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.

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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!


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24 Responses to Friday Five – March 21st – I Couldn’t Have Done It Without All Of You

  1. Kristin says:

    Awe, GREAT JOB AGAIN!!! I love having a runners high and to be honest, I still have mine, too from Sunday!! I love it!!!
    During rough times, I lean on my husband and my parents for support!!!

  2. So great to have such a support system! Isn’t the running community great? Here’s hoping you stay healthy for half marathon number 3 and beyond!!!!

  3. Congrats to you!
    My #1 supporter is my husband. I have a pretty great guy 🙂 and sounds like you do too!

  4. What an awesome support system you have! Glad you feel lots better and AWESOME on your PR! Congrats!

  5. Love it! You did an amazing job and didn’t give up! I totally agree with you about the importance and value of a strong support system when we need it. I couldn’t do it without my family. My husband and son have been my biggest supporters and I know they’re always there for me. My friends both in the virtual running community and in my daily life are pretty awesome too 🙂

  6. aw, this is awesome (what’s that wet stuff hitting me on the face). GO YOU!!!

  7. this is a lovely post — having a support network is so important and i’m with you on how awesome perfect “strangers” can be. also with you on the power of prayer. hugs!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like you have an amazing support system! So happy it all worked out for you 🙂 I would say my support system would be my family and friends (and now all my new virtual running friends).

  9. Glad you are doing well and that you have such an awesome support system for when you are not! Besides family, I have a “village” of moms that have my back whenever I need help.

  10. Chaitali says:

    This is a wonderful post, and it’s great that there was so much support available when you needed it 🙂 I definitely lean on my husband and parents a lot and try to do the same for them in return 🙂 I hope your weekend is going well!

  11. Love that you have so many people in your life there to support you!!! And I agree…the running community is amazing!!!

  12. What a sweet and meaningful post – I love this special shout out to your support system!

  13. MS_AimeeC says:

    Oh my goodness! What you’ve been through! Glad you finished safe and sound and that your appointments with the neurologists give you some answers as to what’s been going on. What a great community you have supporting you.

    #FridayFive #SweatPink

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