Yes, I revealed that I will be embarking on a big huge training journey. But have no fear! I am not on this journey alone.
I will have the amazing support of my husband, Don, my 3 wonderful children and countless supportive friends and family members. For you all, I am most grateful.
But that is not all!
I have been blessed beyond measure by the gifts of great friendships since moving to the state of Ohio in 2006. One of my first friends here has been a great supporter and we eventually became running partners. It took me a while to catch up to her speed (over a YEAR!!!), but I eventually built up endurance and strength and now we are well matched to run together.
I won't share her name, as she tends to keep a low profile online, but I will call her "RP" (for running partner, - you know).
When I started to talk about my full marathon dreams with RP, I was astonished to hear her tell me "Okay, let's do it!". She helped me to pick our race too. I wasn't asking her to join me (she's pretty busy and this training will get time intense eventually), though I welcome having her along for the journey.
I should not have been so surprised as she jumped in to join me for my first half (it was hers too!), and has been there with me for 3 of the 4 that I have ran so far.
I am blessed, I know this. I not only have the opportunity to realize this dream, I get to keep great company along the way.