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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Volcanos, Whales Tails and Sacrifice

Did you ever see one of those movies?  The ones with an island and a smoldering volcano?
The ones were they treat you really great, fatten you up and then throw you over the side to sacrifice you to their volcano god.  That's a little like my life this week.  I've been trying to treat my body extra nice.  No major running, just fun getting out with the kiddo.  As of today a pause in all my workout challenges so I can be rested and ready to...
jump into that volcano and destroy my body...slowly, painfully over 103.7 miles.
Well maybe exaggeration is another symptom of taper madness but you get the idea.  I'm attempting to rest so that I can feel really eager to go play in the woods on Saturday.  That is not as easy as it sounds.  I'm still working drop bags, meeting with our wonderful friends who are taking on our kids for two nights, trying to get all my normal chores done so that I won't have to worry about them after when I can't move, attending pto meetings, running kids to their activities and let's not forgot the time it takes to thoroughly stalk the weather.  Everyone has had to sacrifice a little bit.
There was a ray of sunshine in my day yesterday when I went to my mailbox.  A few friends have sent me notes to include in my drop bags but yesterday when the kids open the mailbox, they came running with a package.  And of course fought over who got to open it. 
Once the argument was settled, we opened it and found three notes for my drop bags and this.  This lovely whale's tail necklace to represent strength.  Erica at Life as a Running Mom had sent this wonderful little package.  She just celebrated her 500th running streak day and often credits me with encouraging her to start.  I would see things differently.  Erica is a near daily supporter and encourages me with her comments, messages, stories and photos.  Maybe we just share so many things in common; we are both streakers, running moms, madly in love with nature.  I don't know why but a friendship has grown despite the distance.  I just love her to pieces!  I know her life is a busy one with many roles to fill.  But still she sacrifices time to encourage me.  There it is again, sacrifice.  I think this whale's tail is the perfect thing to represent my journey to this 100.  It has been about strength but also sacrifice.  Not just my own sacrifice but my family and friend's too.  My pacer, Diane has been there for me through miles of hard training, my family gives up time with me and puts up with runner's moods quite frequently and my many friends who give up their time to encourage, support, educate, pray over and motivate me daily.  All these people sacrifice for me.  I will be thinking of Erica and her family this weekend as I will be thinking of everyone who has helped me get here.  And that is what will carry me through the miles. 
Thank you all for your sacrifice to be there for me!
T-3 sleeps and counting


  1. ohhh that is so cool!!! you are a total inspiration to so many and not just because of your streak!!

  2. Okay, now you have me tearing up....

    And you are right, I do think we have tons in common and can understand each other's drive to run, to push our limits, and yet find a way to balance it all out in life. It is a teetering balance and yes, there is sacrifice in there.

    Hugs and thanks so much for the kind words. And it is at times like these that I am thankful that the whole world couldn't see me blush and tear up!

  3. Shelly - I'm so sorry I didn't get a note off to you for your drop bags!! Best wishes. I'll be thinking about you and cannot wait to hear all about it!!

    Remember this:
    Philippians 4:19

    And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

  4. So, so excited for you. Love the symbolism of the whale tale!