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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


Photo grabbed from woodleywonderworks on Flickr.

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