To Sara, On Marathon Eve

Remember in 2006 in the summer, when you were buying small potted plants for your boyfriend’s, now husband’s apartment?  And I was, I don’t know, whatever I was doing.  And we used to go on those fast walks around Shadyside, preemptively judging everyone who would try to judge us?  Those were some of the happiest half hours of my life during a year that was emotionally torturous and left me on the brink.

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i love this picture.

I don’t think it’s a mistake that a decade later, during the same type of year, you sent me an eloquent email essentially saying:  we need to do our fast walks again or I’m going to kill someone.

I had no idea then, but as I sat on my couch that day, tearing up at what you had written that, again, your dedication to a goal, your perseverance and your just general badassery would deliver me through another tough year.  But, I should have known.

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too bad nothing we do together is ever fun or eventful

As your coach I should tell you that you’re ready, that you’re strong, that you were actually able to run this race in late October.  But I’m not going to.  What I will tell you is thank you.  Thank you for giving me a reason to pick myself off of the floor literally in Nashville and know that regardless of what happened with my knee, I would be at the starting line.  Thank you for giving hours of support and companionship on the long, hard runs back, even when we were seperated by miles and miles and miles.  Thank you for giving me courage and grace when I had none to give myself.  And thank you for showing up for me, in a million little Sara ways, just when I need you.

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I’m so happy you found me crying hysterically in the law school library stairwell.  I’m so happy you’re on your way to my favorite place on earth to meet some of my other favorite people on earth to do my favorite thing on earth.

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Oh and the hay’s in the barn, you’re ready blahblahblahbal.  But that’s the stuff you already know!

Head up, wings mother fucking out!

Hey remember that time we ran 18 miles? So proud of you @embracemypace !!

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PS — GOOD LUCK to all the marathoners this weekend here in Magic Town USA and all over!! ❤ 

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