Register for marathon…check.
Train for marathon…check.
Eat some pasta (and then some more)…check.
Feel overcome with gratitude from the outpouring of kindness, generosity, BIBS, love, well wishes, support, tips, and encouragement that you’ve thrown my way…check, check, check, check, check, check, check (for a long time to come).
Run a marathon…tomorrow morning, here we come.
This will be a very short post, as it’s getting late here and I hear you’re supposed to get some sleep before a big day. There are so many things I would like to write and would like to say, but as I sit here on marathon eve, I’m at a loss for how to adequately say thank you. You helped to turn an item on my bucket list into some of the most meaningful, special, and healing months I’ve ever spent. You filled my life with joy in ways I never could have imagined, at a time when I wasn’t sure the joy would come back.
And, you made (and continue to make) a difference in the fight against C. diff, and that will continue far beyond today. If you’d like to see where we’re at or would like to support that fight, just click this link: https://crowdfund.umn.edu/civicrm/pcp/info?reset=1&id=527&ap=0 The fund will continue to stay open after the marathon is complete.
It has been such an honor to share this adventure with you through this blog and I hope you know how grateful I am to each and every one of you. I can’t wait to write more this weekend to tell you about the race, but until then I’m going to end this post where it all started – with my Nana, and a note for her.
Hi, Nan! I know you’ve been watching (and reading) all along, sending signs and little reminders when you knew I needed them the most. I wish more than anything I could see you at the finish line tomorrow, and give you a great big (albeit very smelly) hug. But, I know you’re going to be watching. I know you’re going to see it all! And, I know you’ve sent your other angels to be there cheering with open arms and cameras blazing. It’s such a gift to have the whole family here, Nan, and I know you’d be so thrilled that we were all together. Right now it’s getting late and (as Mom reminded me) you’d probably say, “It’s just time for bed.” So, I’m going to take your advice once again. I love you more, Nan. I’ll see you tomorrow somehow – let’s go get that marathon together!