Yesterday when I got home from work there was a neatly wrapped present waiting for me.  Do I open it?  Do I have to wait until Christmas?  Well, since the present did not specifically say “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS” I assumed it was ok to go ahead and open it right away!

Here’s what I found:


I’ve adopted the well known line, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”, from the children’s book The Little Engine That Could as my motto for this upcoming marathon and I mentioned in a recent post that I’d like to get a copy of the book to take with me to Florida.  Well here it was!

This present reminded me that I have been meaning for awhile to write about the amazing support I have received from my family and friends over the past several months.

When I began running and training for my first half marathon in memory of a friend who lost her battle with Leukemia (read more about Kerry here) I reached out and asked for support in the form of donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Everyone was so generous and I ended up surpassing my fundraising goal!  With every donation I felt that there was one more person out there supporting me that believed I could do this!

But support did not come just in the form of donations!  There was the co-worker who got just as excited as I did each time I completed one of my long runs, and my friend April who stopped by my work the afternoon I was leaving for the race and dropped off a card she drew herself:

(That’s me running through the Magic Kingdom!) and a t-shirt she made for me with Kerry’s favorite saying on it:

It truly made me feel that she really understood how much running this race in Kerry’s memory meant to me.

Then there was my support team at the race – my Mom, Dad and sister Christina who all had these t-shirts made:

It was great to be able to share this experience with my family and have them there to support me throughout the weekend (and to feed me when I was ravenously hungry!).

And last, but of course not least (because I am sure he is reading this and thinking I forgot him)…my amazing husband who not only drags encourages me out of bed in the morning to go for my runs but also has the pleasure of listening to me whine about getting out of bed, whine when I miss a run because I refused to get out of bed, and dealing with my occasional meltdowns.  Jason is also my one man training staff, he is personally responsible for my post-long run recovery which has been amazing so far!  He’s gotten me a foam roller, a ball thing to massage the arches of my feet, epsom salts, recovery drinks and ice (and preached the amazing healing powers of the ice bath).  He’s even gotten a co-worker to demonstrate stretches and sent me pictures when he was traveling for work!  (Now that I think about it a lot of this may be in his own interest since a quick recovery probably spares him from listening to more whining.)

This post could go on and on listing everyone who’s done something to support my training, so please all know this – from the comments on this blog, to my family who is traveling to the race to my husband who gets to deal with the day to day, I really appreciate it and can’t thank you enough!  What’s that saying?  It takes a village to run a marathon?  (or something like that!)

Thank you to my village!  And now, with only 18 days left until the marathon, I am off to read The Little Engine That Could (thanks Dad!).

2 thoughts on “IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

  1. Danielle…
    It is we who should thank you for allowing us to be part of your Village… running the race vicariously is the next best thing to running it ourselves. Thank you for allowing us to be part of it….
    And I read the book before rapping it… brought back fond memories!
    Love …… dad

  2. Nardi!

    You are an inspiration to me and to all those you run for. I am glad to have been a supporting passenger on the little engine that could! Can’t wait till you conquer the next race. XOXO April

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