Lend a Hand

It’s over!  My husband and I completed our marathon on Saturday.  We ran 26.2 miles in 4:54:33.  For those of you who have had to listen to me talk incessantly about the race, you know that my goal was to finish in 5:30:00.  We rocked it!

Here is the thing: it was HARD!  I mean, really, truly hard.  As in, I can’t do this, I’m going to quit.  Thank goodness I had my husband by my side every step of the way.  The times I wanted to stop and walk, he pushed me to go a little longer.  The times when I wanted to give up all together, he wouldn’t give up on me.  This went on for about 23 miles.  I would start to doubt myself and he would be there to lift me up.  He’s a pretty amazing guy huh?  Want to know something that makes me feel good?  I was able to be there for him too.  At mile 23 I started to realize that not only were we going to finish the darn thing, but we were going to slaughter our time goal.  I found that runner’s high (well, as much as one can after running 23 miles).  At this same time, Rob started to lose some of his enthusiasm.  Okay, he lost ALL of his enthusiasm.  He was down right pissed.  And really, can you blame him?  We had been running for almost four and half hours at that point.  So slowly, the tide started to turn and it was now my turn to lift him up.  I was able to dig deep and not only keep putting one foot in front of the other, but I was also able to find the strength to tell Rob how amazing he was and how proud I was of him.  Now that the race is over, I can look back and realize that this was one of the best parts of the race for me.  Yes my feet hurt like crazy and my hips started to feel like they would freeze up if I stopped moving for even a second.  Yes I wanted it to be over.  But through all of that, I realized how amazing it feels to be someone’s support system.
Aren’t we all on some sort of journey at any given time in our lives?  Maybe that journey is professional in nature.  Are you working to climb the ladder to the top, or maybe just the next rung?  Maybe that journey is health related.  Did you just realize you have high cholesterol or are at risk for Type II Diabetes?  Maybe that journey is spiritual or religious.  Maybe it is something you don’t even realize you are working toward.  None of us are ever standing still.  There is always more to come.  I encourage you to figure out what journey you are currently on and who is in your support system?  Do you rely on your loved ones to get you through those bumps in the road?  Perhaps you have a co-worker that you bounce ideas off of or a best friend who you vent to.  Once you have figured out the who those important people are, thank them.  It could be as simple as just saying thank you or maybe you want to take it further and do something for them in return.  I can assure you, it will feel great to be the one lifting them up.

Now, it is time to set my sights on another goal.  I’m not sure yet where this phase of my journey will take me, but I do know that I can never fail when I have a support system of so many amazing people in my life.  And if you feel like you need a pick me up, I’ll be there to lend you a hand.

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