What Inspires You?

Today’s Workout: 25 min spin, 25 min elliptical, 15 min core

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Before I post Bach Talk and announce the giveaway I want to share with you all an email I received this morning. This email made me cry the happiest tears. This email is why I run. It is from a dear friend and I hope she does not mind me sharing!

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To: Undisclosed Recipients

Subject Line: YOU WON!

Dear Friends,
 
(I’ve started this email a million times in my head and I keep getting emotional.  So please forgive me in advance… it’s been a very tear-filled few weeks for me.  How did this happen, Mom?  I didn’t use to be this way! 😉
 
YOU DID IT.  Maybe you got a PR on Sunday, but maybe you didn’t and were disappointed with your time.  Maybe you had to change course because you were injured; maybe you decided walking sounded like a much better option than running at some point (hello, “Mile 21!”  Wasn’t that sign supposed to say “Mile 26?!”); maybe you thought about QUITTING the dang thing and “borrowing” that bike that someone probably wasn’t using on the curb to go home (who, me?); or who knows – maybe you were 100% pain-free and were having the time of your life, wondering when you could sign up for your next marathon. 
 
I wish I could hear all of your war stories.  I’ve heard many of them, and I get choked up more than my cat when I buy her the cheap cat food.  (Oh gross, sorry about that.)  I think about…
 
…the guy who had never run more than ONE MILE (and that was back in high school) before he started training with us, battled injuries, and endured an entire 26.2 miles.
…the guys who missed months of training because of the darn foot & knee injuries and came back just a few weeks before the race and FINISHED THE RACE (with impressive times, I might add.)
…my dear friend whose pesky foot injury just won’t go away.  I say “only” doing the half on Sunday is an amazing testament to your will to endure (and just a little crazy ;).  You WILL qualify for Boston, my friend… you will!
…my 60-year-old mom (uh oh, here come the tears- and not because I’m busted for giving away your age, Mama) who watched her mom pass away into our sweet Jesus’ arms just 3 days before the race and not only RAN the half marathon, but took THIRTY MINUTES off of her PR.  (Watch out 60+ women half marathoners – MY MOM is out to beat ALL of you now!)
…our very own Rock Runner who finished the full marathon with only 2 people behind her after eight hours of running.  I think you might inspire me the most… you did NOT give up!  You finished that race!
 
I love you guys.  I loved praying with many of you before the race in front of the stanky porta potties.  I loved crossing the start line with a big ole group of Rock Runners. I loved getting high-fived so hard at mile 15 by one of you that I thought I’d have to go to Medical and pick up a new hand.  (Oh, and that same guy ran over and stole the medal from the medal lady at the finish line so he could put it around my neck. 🙂 I loved being told a joke at mile 14 (or something) by one of you that helped me keep going.  I loved hearing “Who’s the MAN?” when someone saw my Rock shirt. I loved seeing a runner about to head into Fiesta Island (I still hate that island), knowing he was in for some “fun” times at the end of the race – who endured to the end.  I loved seeing Joanne (had to call you out) sitting at the entrance and exit of Fiesta calling out my name – you have no idea how much I needed you there.  I loved seeing Rock Runners all over that course.
 
But what I love the most through all of the training and the race is the way JESUS has spoken to me yet again.  Watching my sweet Granny “fly to Jesus” just a few days ago really put this life I have back into perspective.  This life we have on Earth is not always easy. It can be incredibly painful.  It is a marathon.  And we are called to endure to the end – till we take our last breath here on Earth and step into eternity with Jesus – the real finish line.  I know we’ve all heard this passage many times throughout the last few months, but I have to leave with this again…
 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with PERSEVERANCE the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on JESUS, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him ENDURED the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who ENDURED such opposition from sinful men, so that you WILL NOT GROW WEARY OR LOSE HEART.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
 
Thank you all for making a difference in my life.
 
Blessings, Marathoners!
Stacey
 
P.S. This is NOT the end.  Pleeeeeease keep running with us on Saturday mornings.  I’ll even let you sleep in till 7:30 now.  And no more 20-mile runs (for a while at least).  Next up – AFC Half in August. 🙂
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Oy, I just teared up reading it again. My friend Stacey is FREAKING amazing. She inspires so many and I am so very lucky to call her my friend.
 
Bach talk is up next! Giveaway announcement will be in that post 🙂
 
 
 
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5 thoughts on “What Inspires You?

  1. I felt so blessed to be there with you guys at the start line for prayer. The Rock Runners had no idea who I was or why I was there, but they knew I was someone’s friend and welcomed me into their prayer circle. I so needed that!! Going into 13.1 miles with your longest training run being 3 miles because of an injury………………..I needed God in my heart BIG TIME!! You guys are an amazing team, I tell HRM that I wish I lived in SD just to join you guys on Saturday’s for your runs. Keep up the great work and love you have for God and each other. 🙂

  2. Hello! I am a new reader, and I love this post (I have been reading from the most recent posts and going backwards. I’m a part-time student and part-time tutor, so I can make time). I love that you share your faith (whether through the mention of the Rock Runners or attending church, or especially this post). I will continue to follow your blog (maybe I’ll read all the way to the beginning or just go to the current ones… we’ll see!). You inspire me to train hard, eat well, and devote every fiber of my being to our Awesome Creator!

    1. Thank you Michelle! My Dad always warned to me think before I speak- but when it comes to the good lord and his importance in my life I am not afraid to share!

      If you are local you should come meet up with us on a Saturday and walk/run and then fellowship (and FOOD :))! It is so much fun!

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