This morning, I joined my new running group for an EARLY 5 a.m. run. While I am an early riser, usually 5 a.m. is my WAKE UP time, not my “start running” time. However, I’m not opposed to earlier starts, and today I just really needed some company to help clear my head and motivate me through a workout. It was tough to open my eyes and I definitely didn’t want to look at any bright lights, but I powered through and by 4:45 am, I was on my way to the Y.
Those of us who ran 15m yesterday promised each other that we would slow down a bit today. We did, but only by about four seconds/mile. I don’t know what it is about this group, but we are really able to push one another to bring our best game every day. We did 10 miles this morning in 78 minutes, with the final mile being about a 6:30mm. Best of all, we were done by 6:30 a.m.! Talk about feeling accomplished early, right?
Let’s consider all of that a preface to the most important part of today: Mother’s Day.
I literally have the best mom in the entire world. She is my very, very best friend of life. I can’t express how thankful I am to have been blessed with this woman as my mother, and my friend. Words can not express what she means to me, but I know that she loves me unconditionally, even when I don’t love myself. The list of values that she has instilled in me is endless. I just can’t say enough about her, and can’t stress enough how different my life would be without her in it. She is an inspiration to me, and (I believe) to anyone who meets her. No matter what life throws at me, she is there to remind me that I am strong and capable as a person. When I question my own self-worth and decision making, she is there with words of wisdom and uplift. I miss her more than I can begin to explain. Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I love you.