happy-to-be-doneYesterday, in the 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon, I truly did run my joy.  If you missed my previous post, I want to be clear about what that means.  It doesn’t mean I loved every minute of the race.  It doesn’t mean I didn’t hurt a lot during the race.  It also doesn’t mean I hit every goal I had for the race.

What it does mean is that I spent time during the race to remind myself to be present to both the good and bad in the moment and remind myself to run and choose joy.  I had my negative thoughts and my feet/legs/shoulders/lungs all were aching during parts of the race but I kept turning those thoughts off in lieu of the phrase, Run you Joy.

I’m writing a full race report (should be a scintillating read 😉 ) but want to point out some of the main reasons I get to run like this.

1) Starting off race morning with these amazing women – my friend/confident/training partner, Jeanne and my inspiring 10x marathon finishing sister, Nora

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2) My sister Amy, who travels every year to support one of us doing the Philly Marathon, toting signs, ringing bells, cheering loudly.  This year, with very special signs – this one is  Philly Fierce

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3) My parents, who also travel (usually multiple times per year) to watch, encourage and cheer on their daughters.  Here with Amy’s other sign, sporting my logo!

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And last, but no least (with no photo), my husband and children who come to nearly every race, walk a lot, cheer a lot and give me the boost I need every time I see them.  Nora would count off to me the important milestones in the race something like this – 2 miles to family.  Never doubt how much seeing your supporters on race day can inspire you to keep going.

I am looking forward to recapping the entire race but now just feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the support I get from those at the race and those cheering from afar.  It makes every ache and pain today worth while!