Being Grateful for Friends and Family

We head off to Bryce Canyon tomorrow and, like I mentioned in my previous post, I'm really excited and hoping my knee doesn't give me too much trouble on Saturday!  All my races, thus far, have been local and I'm looking forward to a bit of a change in scenery and for cooler weather.  Just really hoping it doesn't rain on us ;) 

This past Sunday, I had my last long run of 12 miles and I'll admit it was a challenge.  The sun was starting to burn layers off my skin & my knees were aching, but I finished.  I didn't give up, although I did consider it! Towards the end of the run, I reflected on all the support I've had throughout this journey and began to think of how lucky I am to have people who really care about me in my life.  Especially, my family!  Yes, I started crying on my run! Please tell me this has happened to you before or I'll be super embarrassed...Yes, you have too?!? Ok, on with my post!  

I am beyond grateful and appreciative to my husband for making my favorite post-run breakfast countless times.  In case you're wondering, it's sweet potato & bacon hash with eggs over medium and avocado!  I'm grateful that he's joining me on this adventure and running races with me!  He's never once complained about me going to the gym or when I go out for a run and he stays with the kiddos!  He's always encouraging me and never doubts I can achieve my crazy goals, even when I do!  I love that about him.  

I am grateful for my kiddos for embracing this active and healthy lifestyle.  They love talking about my races and going on runs with me.  I love that they are involved and get excited about running their own races.  I've never felt guilty about running or going to the gym because I know they appreciate it and it's showing them that exercise is important and beneficial in our lives and that it can be fun!

I am grateful for my friends who have stuck with me in this crazy adventure!  My friends who've come to watch me run or even better that have come out and ran some races with me!  Thanks for trudging through the mud, running through bubbles, and jumping off planks with me! Woohoo!! My friends who have gladly watched my kiddos so Jason and I could run some trails or get some training at Camp Rhino!  To my friends who listen to me talk about Paleo and upcoming races: Thanks for pretending not to be too bored with me ;) 

I am grateful for my parents who also support  me without end.  Without their support (read: they watch my kids most of the time) I wouldn't be able to do so much of what I do. They're on a 3 month trip now and we are totally missing them!!

Lastly, I am grateful for sister.  My #1 supporter, my BFF!  We've ran 5Ks together.  We've ran an obstacle course race together.  She was there to watch me run my first 5K and she's been there for most of my other races too.  She's the best race photographer and cheerleader!  

When I signed up for this half marathon at Bryce Canyon, she said she was coming along too without being asked.  She just knew she'd be there for me and I couldn't be more grateful to her for that.  I mean, who does that? Who says they're going to take a 4 hr road trip to wake up at 6am to watch you run by for like 15 seconds? Only the best sister in the world, that's who!  

So really, I just want to say "Thanks" to all of you.  I couldn't be here following these crazy dreams of mine without you. You all mean the world to me! xo 

I'll be off the blog scene for a few days, but I'll be back on Tuesday to tell you all about the Bryce Canyon Half!  In the meantime, follow the fun on instagram @jessieemeric!