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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 :-)"
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 :-)
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.
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...