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Love Is Still in the Air

With the consumer holiday that is Valentine’s Day celebrated just days ago, I have to say that I’m still feeling kinda lovey-dovey. It may be the tongue-in-cheek post on foods that get you in the moodor this tune that’s still in my head, but I think it may be something deeper. Something called unconditional support.

Ever since I publicly declared that I’d be running my first half marathon, the interest and love has been off the chain. My husband, who is typically infuriatingly better than me at running no matter how many weeks he’s gone without exercise (genetics, hmpf), has joined me on my runs and jogged at my pace quite happily. My best friend, who lives on the other side of the continent, has been virtually training with me—following the same running plan and checking in with me about how each of our runs is going. Then there are my parents and other family members who ask at every gathering how my training is progressing and how much I’m running now. Then, there’s Erin, my FBG-partner-in-crime, and all of you readers and friends, who are just overflowing with support and advice. Heck, even my coworkers are planning to stake out a spot on race day to cheer me on.

Whenever I’m in doubt that I can run 6 miles, let alone more than double that on race day, I think of all of those comments and well wishes, and it energizes me. Makes me feel like I can do it. It’s all quite touching, and, really, keeps me very accountable. It’s hard to hit snooze on race day when you’ve blogged about your journey to thousands of people.
If you have goals that you want to reach, I highly suggest you tell those close to you. I know how great my loved ones are, but they still surprised me. And, gosh knows, it’s better to go on any journey with friends than alone. So, although V-Day has come and gone, I’m happy and thankful that in my life (and hopefully yours, too!) love isn’t reserved for just one day of the year. It’s year-round, baby! —Jenn

 

 
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6 Comments
  1. Laura says:

    That is true! I decided late last year that this year was the year I was going to start running. I always wanted to run a marathon but was too intimidated by it. I started running. Slow I might add. I haven’t found a running partner yet. Which in a way I wish I would because then they could help me progress.

    But then again, I like running alone. I have told family and friends that I’m running a 5k and then a half this year and they are pretty excited.

    I have friends asking me how far or how long I run now.

    I even got some friends to run both races with me.

    My goal is not to finish first in these races, just to finish. Alive!

    It does make me feel good when people remember and ask me about it.

    I definately feel the love.

  2. Sagan says:

    Aw this is so sweet! That’s so much motivation to have all that support. And of course we’re all here cheering you on too 🙂

  3. MizFit says:

    yesyes here cheering you on.

    and YES YES I so need a goal and to announce it loud and proud as well.

  4. Lori says:

    How awesome that you have such a great support group! I know what you mean regarding your husband. Mine can pick up and run miles after not working out for weeks. Every time I take a break, I must start from scratch. 🙂

    Best wishes! So glad it is going well!

  5. Renae says:

    Jenn,

    You are an inspiration. I just moved states and my exercise has been shall we say nearly non-existent expect for chasing after the guinea pig when he escapes and the dogs.

    But, I am ready to get back to my routine. It helps that my husband is very supportive too.

    Thanks for being an inspiration.

  6. Jenn says:

    You guys are all so freaking sweet. Last night my run was less than enjoyable and your kind words really kept me going. I can feel the love! 🙂