Not a lot of people are as lucky as me when they get married. How many horror stories do you head of terrible in laws, awful brother in Laws, or family dramas that make your head spin? There are a lot of terrible awful no good family structures out there and thank GOD I’m not in one of them. I was lucky to marry into a family full of people I LOVE.My mother and father in law are just the kindest, big hearted people, and my BIL, my SIL, my niece and nephew are some of my very favorite people on the planet. Seriously, I hit the jackpot.
Anyway, today I’m going to tell you a little bit about my relationship with my sister in law, Tara. And then, I am going to ask you for your help with something very important.
Oddly enough-my SIL isn’t my husbands sister-she is my brother in laws wife. Right when we met, we were instant friends. How could you not love someone who is so fun/funny/inspiring? And I felt the same way about her…HAHA, I kid, I kid….she is all those things to me–and a wonderful role model for when I have kids of my own.
Tara isn’t only my sister in law, she is also my best friend. She (and my little sister) was my maid of honor in our wedding: She’s the first one I go to for advice (she is really wise) and to tell good news to. She is one of my biggest supporters of my running and always asks me how each race went. She is often my cheerleader and has gone to see me at several different finish lines: she was the first to tell me that she would be going back to the finish line for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Tara is a bit like Wonder Woman: or rather, I WONDER how she does ALL that she does and how she does it so well… She is a Mom, Wife, teacher, photographer, sister, gym enthusiast, my BFF, a friend, daughter, cousin, really I could go on and on… and most recently, she has added a new adjective to her ever growing repertoire: runner!!!
She is never one to back down from a challenge and finds inspiration in all areas of her life: this year, Tara found herself to be incredibly humbled and inspired upon seeing the runners at the Boston Marathon. She saw the dedication of thousands of runners as we took back the streets of Boston. . In the back of her head, an idea begin to form….
…and I know she will run Boston someday, and I will be right there with her, coaching her towards the finish line!
I have mentioned before that Tara is training for her first half marathon in October. She has been doing great!!! She is about to start increasing her “long runs” to be greater than 5 miles. She has asked me for my tips on how I moved past 5,6,7, etc miles..I’ve given her my tips for long runs, but I have to admit: I don’t remember my own struggles as a new runner..it was so long ago that it is all fuzzy. She is in love with the days she runs and it makes her so happy! I know she can make this half marathon goal: all she needs is a little bit good advice from other fellow runners…
So this is where i ask you for your help:
New runners… How did make yourself run your long runs?
Those of you running for years… Do you remember your own struggles to get the distances in? Share or link your own posts back here! I know there are lots of people who read this blog who are thinking they want to run a half or full marathon, or are currently training for one, so your advice will help get them there!