It’s time for the November edition of the Runners Tell All link-up! This month is dedicated to the ones who support us. The ones who get up early, chase us around race courses, listen to endless retellings of a race or an epic run, and hug us at the finish line. For me personally, I have two #1 fans: my husband, Barry, and my Dad.
Barry and I have always been the couple that runs together but not together. That’s because he is faster than me, although he does have over a foot in height advantage. Often, Barry is also running the race I’m running. But more often than not, he always finishes his own race and then runs back to collect me and encourage me to the finish.
Barry provides me with a lot of support and encouragement through each of my running endeavors. We support each other, and I am always excited to hear about how his day went and share my own stories from the day.
My Dad is pretty much up for anything I decide to do. He studies race courses and road closures and makes a game plan for ways to see me during the race. He’ll ride his bike all over the race course (often riding 20+ miles) to see me multiple times during a race.
Sometimes he’s in so many locations that I have to write the mile markers I will see him on my hand so I can remember.
The above picture is from the 2013 Thunder Road Marathon. I ended up hitting a rough patch a little over halfway, and my dad ended up just biking alongside me for the rest of the race. He was able to do so, since it was a small race. Having him there to talk to (or at times to tell him to leave me be – sorry Dad!) was the best support I could have asked for. Somewhere past mile 20, I was really struggling. My dad told me “well, I may not have given you the genes to be an elite long-distance runner, but I did give you the genes to finish what you start.” And finish I did.
He has been along to support me for so many of my races – at least 14 races that I can think of off the top of my head. One of the funniest things was this past spring when I told him I was going to participate in the DC Ragnar Relay, a 199 mile overnight relay from Maryland to DC. After explaining to him what it was he let out a long sigh and said “I don’t know about you anymore.” And in the next breath he said “okay, how can I help.” He ended up driving our van, and navigating the whole course, all with little to no sleep for the duration of the event.
Overall, I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had with running or the guts to enter some of the races I’ve run, without my support crew. Both Barry and my Dad have played a significant role in my running career. And honestly, it wouldn’t be as much fun without someone (or two someone’s, in this case) to share it with.
This is a monthly link-up for runners that poses a different topic each month. If you missed last month’s post, you can find that HERE. This link-up is hosted by Amanda @The Lady Okie and Beka @Sunshine to the Square Inch. Click the icon below to get all of the details about these monthly link-up’s.