Just about everyone has a Bucket List, right? At least an unofficial one? On my Bucket List are two very important things to me. One is to see the Grand Canyon someday, and the other is to run a marathon. As my luck would have it, The Grand Canyon itself actually hosts a marathon every year along the outer rim and into the National Forest on one of the adjoining sides. When Jace was born, I was bound and determined to get back into shape. Turns out the timing was perfect. It gave me just enough time to heal and to train. SO!!! In November, on the 12th, Nate, Jace and I will be at the Grand Canyon, doing something that has never been done in our little family before. I can NOT wait to see it all in person. I’ve waited so long to tell because, honestly, I had to know that I was going to do it. I had to get to that point of no return.
This morning was a landmark for me in my training. Every Saturday is my day to do my long runs, and lately they have ALL been ‘the longest I have ever run in my life!!’ But today was different for some reason. Maybe it was because those 17 miles that I ran today, I ran with confidence, with speed and with a smile on my face the whole way. Two weeks ago I ran 13 miles…. it nearly killed me. The week after that, I ran 15 miles in the same amount of time as 13 miles, but also nearly died [it was the first time in my life that I threw up after a work out... and I don't EVER throw up]. Today, I ran 17 miles in only 9 minutes longer than my 15 mile run. The weather was perfect, sunny with a cool breeze. Sigh. It was just amazing.
Even more fantastic than my run, however, was what I woke up to this morning. At 6:30am, I stagger over to the computer to get my Nano that had been charging, and to double check the route I was going to take. On it, I found this slide show [give it a minute; it takes some time to load]. I watched it 3-4 times, and cried the entire time [even just thinking about it during my run made me tear up, which made it hard to maintain my breathing rhythms, but oh well!!!]. Nate has been… ugh, words can’t describe, but I’ve got to at least try. ‘Supportive’ doesn’t quite cut it, and neither do ‘loving, serving, selfless, adoring, enthusiastic, encouraging, caring, sympathetic, reassuring, understanding, concerned, helpful, kind.’ All those words TOGETHER just might do him justice. It IS what he has done for me, but mostly it’s how he has made me feel. He makes me believe that I am strong and powerful and loved beyond measure. I love him with all of my heart, and I know that I will never have a bigger fan in my life.