Today’s post has nothing to do with me or my workouts. It is about the amazing woman who introduced to me to running, has been by my side through it all and continuously inspires me to better myself. My Mom.
She is one beautiful and amazing person
She turns 59 today (sorry mom) and ran the last 3 half marathons with me (all within 5 weeks)…incredible right?! She dominates her age group every time.
I always laugh when I ask her to do another race with me because her immediate response is, “Oh Melissa, you have to understand.. I am not your age, I can’t just run another half marathon”…I always take that as a “Yes” because she ends up killing it….and because race days are some of the few times we get to spend the entire day together. Can’t help but cherish those days.
What’s even better is when we do racecations (vacation for a race) and spend an entire vacation together. Speaking of Racecation… 3 more months until this lovely lady and I go back to Disney World for the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend.
This time around we are doing the goofy challenge (10k + Half Marathon)! Stepping up our game the second time around!
I also have to laugh about the time she lied to me about the length of a run we went on because it was the only way to get me to train for a Thanksgiving 10k that she signed me up for…and because I was young and easily fooled. Needless to say, I completed the run and still believe that complaining for the entire run actually improved my endurance 😉
I have a tendency to get wrapped up in my own life happenings that I forget to step back and remind myself just how lucky I am to have a mother like her. I am beyond thankful to have such an inspiring, loving and supportive mother. I really need to say that more often. It means the world to have her in the stands cheering at all my past collegiate lacrosse games, at the finish line of all my races.. or better yet…running with me.
I hope you have an amazing birthday. You sure deserve it. Thank you for everything you do.
I would not be me without you