Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Support

For the past 4 months or so, I've been preparing to tackle my toughest run to date: the Grand Rapids Marathon.  I completed that goal this past Sunday and could not be more proud of myself.  You can read my race report here (lots of pictures & even some video!).  I even feel pretty much back to "normal" physically (mentally is a subject for another post).

I've talked a lot about how my online community of friends (along with my friends and family here) have been so incredibly supportive of me in this journey.  During the race, I had my phone with me but had turned off the notifications for Twitter and Facebook.  I figured a few people would be encouraging me as I ran and I didn't want it to distract me from the task at hand, which was "left foot, right foot, lather, rinse, repeat".  I tweeted a couple times late in the race and saw lots of mentions but I didn't read them at the time.  When I finished the race and sent a tweet that I was finished and officially a marathoner, I was shocked to see how many mentions I had. 
146 mentions during the course of the race.  That, my friends, is support.  I don't have a clue what the total number was by the end of the day or how many comments I had through Facebook, but it was huge.  This is what having an online community of friends is all about.  Support.  Love.  Encouragement.  For this, I thank you.  MWAH

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