so i've felt really differently lately...for lots of reasons. i did something today i never thought i'd do or even have the desire to do. and when i realized what i'd done i shouted out in pure joy and started crying.
(i hope this isn't anticlamactic for anyone...) i ran 3.7 miles today. it took me 57 minutes, but i ran 3.7 miles today...and part of it included that hill on university parkway from olive garden to red lobster.
anyway, i've been walking every MWF and i'd gotten up to running a mile and a half, but never really thought about going much further. today was different. i had new ideas of where i should go and was completely suprised about where i ended up.
those 57 minutes were some of most clear, calm, and inspiring 57 minutes of my life. i had alot of time to think and as i thought about some certain people today, they kept me running. i don't want to forget how i felt so here goes...
i love him. i've learned more from him than almost anyone else in my life. he's always been great at taking life experiences and turning them into life lessons. i know he loves me and he tells me often how proud he is of me.
he's in shape. and he ran the top of utah marathon on saturday. it was his third marathon. i was there when he crossed the line at his second. he looked even better this saturday. when i was running i kept thinking that if my dad just ran 26.2 miles 3 days ago, i could keep going. so i did.
catie is the fourth daugther and fifth child in my family. she's sassy, she's strong, she's humble, and i love her. she set the goal to run a marathon months ago and she did on saturday with my dad.
catie thought we'd be there at mile 14 to cheer her on, but we were at mile 24. as soon as she saw those waiting to cheer her on she smiled and burst into tears. just before the end, we were there to keep cheering and as soon as she passed us, she sprinted to the finish line. that's catie.
she runs marathons, she flies in helicopters, she extreme mountain bikes, and she sky dives. she kept me running today too.
carlie sue. she's the baby of the family. she didn't speak until she was 4 because she had 7 other people waiting to get her whatever she grunted at or pointed to. i still baby her today...but she doesn't need it.
she works full time, goes to school full time, just got a promotion, and she just ran her first marathon at 18. i think she thought that none of us believed she would do it...and that's what kept her going. she was slow and steady and averaged and 11 minute mile for 26.2 miles.
she was so tired when she finished she literally could not even smile. she was in pain, but she was already ready to sign up for marathon #2. she's stronger and more focused than anyone else i know. i didn't stop today because of her.
i can't get the image of her smiling face out of my head. the more i learn about her the more i love her. i love her for her passion. i love her for her grace and fortitude. i love her for teaching me that happiness is a choice.
this month has been pretty hectic with all of jon's nie nie shoots, but you'd never know it for how calm and happy i feel. i can feel her strength and it's made me better. i'm eternally grateful for how she's changed me.
the first time i saw the video i can't explain how i felt. it made me love jon more, it made me love isaac more, and it made me feel Christ's love more. today when i'd almost had it at about 3.5 miles i ran past a bus stop with a billboard of team hoyt. i couldn't stop running. i sprinted to the end and i finished strong.
i'm inspired by and grateful for these heroes in my life.
who are your heroes?