Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday's Letters: Lots of Important Letters Today, Including One to Myself

I'm joining in on the fun once again for...

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Dear Krissy,

Thank you so much for having us over for such a fun playdate yesterday. I LOVE that our sweet girls (and boys) get to grow up together and form such strong friendships with each other. Addie talked about Gracie ALL day yesterday and she simply can't wait for their sleepover. Also, thanks for your incredible friendship over the last 32 years. You are my cousin and one of my closest friends :-)


Dear Mueller Family,

I have never been so excited for a family reunion in my life. Maybe it's because I haven't seen most of you since Christmas, or maybe it's because life is short and every chance we all get to be together is a blessing. Or maybe it's just because I believe that Grandma and Grandpa Mueller watch this party from heaven and think..."Wow. We did all that :-)"

Dear Friends,

Thank you to every single friend (in real life or on the internet) that has encouraged me, wished me luck and congratulated me on the small successes leading up to my big race. Those comments mean SO much to me, especially on days where I felt like throwing in the towel. And Barb...thank you for actually considering waking up at 4:30 to come watch me run. I simply won't allow it...but just you offering to do it means the world :-)

Dear Eric,

Thanks for all encouragement and late night "pep talks" you've been giving me about my race this weekend. I know my training hasn't always been easy on you either, but I love you for being there for me on the big day. I love you babe!

Dear Mom & Dad,

Thank you both SO MUCH for not only your incredible support, but also for keeping the kiddies over night TWO weekends in a row. Mom, you will be running your own half marathon keeping up with these two (and Howie) while we are in the city and I appreciate that more than you will ever know :-) I love you so much.

Dear Daddy-O,

Thank you for telling me your running stories all these years. Deep down, I think your passion for the sport is what led me to get started in the first place. You've been my biggest supporter and I want you to know that this Half Marathon is for you. I can't wait to see you at the finish line :-)

Dear Dana & Joe,

Holy shit you guys...WE MADE IT!! We finished our training and made it to race day. All we have to do now is go on one last long run. That's all this is...a long run. I know I've said it a million times, but you two are the reason I was able to make it this far. So many of those long runs would have been cut short if I was on my own. Dana...I needed your crazy positivity and your unnatural athletic ability to push me along and Joe...I needed your sarcastic, pain-in-the-ass attitude to give me a good laugh when things got too hard or too serious. I needed you both and that's why I'm thanking you both for coming along with me on this journey. I am so excited to cross that finish line with you guys!!!! 

Dear Jen (that's me),

Stop panicking. You are going to rock the shit to this race. Remember when you almost died trying to get up that hill during the 6-mile long run? Remember when you almost pooped your pants on the 10-mile run? Remember when you actually said the words, "I'm not gonna make it" on your 11-mile run?  Well you DID make it through all that. You got up the hill, you managed to get to a bathroom when it was absolutely necessary, and you made it home the day you said you wouldn't. You are ready for this. You have a cute outfit for this. Just remember to...


17 comments:

  1. You are going to do awesome! What an accomplishment! Of course, the letter to your dad made me cry, and the letter to yourself made me laugh! I'll be thinking of you on race day; I can't wait to hear all the details! Good luck!

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  2. found you from friday letters. I will be looking back in your blog but what are you training for? that is so exciting! I trained for the chicago marathon twice and there are so many emotions that go with race day! any race you work for is SO rewarding when you finish! Good luck!!

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  3. Good luck this weekend Jen, you will do great!! This will be such a huge accomplishment! I remember just a few years ago when you told me that you "hated running & couldn't even run 1 mile" wow, look how far you've come :) ENJOY!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Bre! I tried emailing you back again and realized for the 20th time that your email isn't linked. Haha! Sorry girlfriend...I have to start just replying on the blog. Anyway, all I was saying is thank you SO MUCH for all your support and for the well wishes. Hopefully you and I can run something together one day :-)

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  4. Twinnie,
    Not only did I laugh out loud at your letters (especially the pooping your pants part in your letter to yourself) but I may or may not have (which totally means that I did) cry in the letter to your Daddy-o. I know how much this marathon means to you, I know the amount of hard work and commitment you've put into this and I am SO PROUD of you for making your dreams come true!

    You're right when you say: STOP PANICKING! You are amazing and one of the most inspirational people I know. You will kick this marathons ASS and I can't wait for you to cross that finish line and hug your Dad. He'll be so proud of you, Jen. You will have achieved one of your life goals and I want to cry happy tears just thinking about it.

    Send me pictures when you've finished! I'll be thinking about you the entire day and I can't WAIT to read your post. Keep that running up gf, we have a chocolate fondue run to do together next year ;)

    Love you oodles and know I'll be cheering you on all the way from England!!!
    xoxoxoxo

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  5. Yay! Jen the weekend has come! You'll be great! We may not be at the finish line waiting for you but we are here to cheer you on and support you! Yes I agree the letter to daddy-o made teary, but the letter to yourself was funny! You go girl! YOU CAN DO THIS!

    Good luck Jen!!!

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH sweetie!!! It means so much to have so many great friends cheering me on. You're the best!!

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  6. Yay! Jen the weekend has come! You'll be great! We may not be at the finish line waiting for you but we are here to cheer you on and support you! Yes I agree the letter to daddy-o made teary, but the letter to yourself was funny! You go girl! YOU CAN DO THIS!

    Good luck Jen!!!

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  7. Best of luck to you all tomorrow! Although, with all the prep you've done, I don't think you need luck...you've got this! Looking forward to seeing the after pic on Facebook, give Dana my best, too!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Becky!!!! I will definitely pass on your well wishes to Dana too!! xoxo

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  8. I could not be anymore PROUD of you today, even for just trying to run. You have come so far in a short time. Love you Jen and I know you will always make me proud no matter what you do. I will BE there for you at the race and I will be there at the finish line waiting for you. Now, just relax till race time, THEN GIVE 'EM HELL!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Daddy-O. Love you SO SO much :-) I promise to five 'em hell!!!

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  9. Girl you are going to rock it! I have no doubt in my mind that you are going to crush that half marathon! And when it's over you are going to feel totally bad ass! My brother in law and a few friends are also running the same race so I'll be thinking about you! You got this girl have fun!

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  10. Thank you all SO MUCH for these wonderful comments! I am trying to respond to each of you through e-mail but otherwise I promise to reply here if you email isn't linked. All these comments have just MADE MY DAY!!!!

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  11. I too am so proud of you and what you have accomplished. I still remember standing at the finish line when you ran your first 5K race in Plainfield. Addie and Blake were in strollers holding signs! I am sad that I can't be at the finish line for your biggest run yet, but I know my job is to take care of your babies so that you can focus on the task ahead. One day when the kids are older we can all be there cheering you on!

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  12. Holy cow! I can't believe that the weekend is already here. It seems like yesterday that you started training. You will never, ever forget the feeling you get before, during and after the race so soak up every single moment. I am so proud of you and wish that I lived closer to see you finish!

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  13. I cannot wait to read your updates! You have taken this running thing to a whole new level, lady! I'm so proud of you for sticking to your training... Even during shitty times. Hahahaha. You're going to ROCK that half marathon!!!! Love ya!

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