I began running with a group called "Wear Blue Run to Remember." Wear Blue is a running community that honors the service and the sacrifice of the American military. Being an Army wife, knowing people that have lost loved ones, it only seemed natural that I run with Wear Blue.
My husband deployed & I kept running with Wear Blue. Every week I would go to Wear Blue & the people there would greet me, my kiddos, & smile. And EVERY week the people of Wear Blue encouraged me to just get out there & run. I gradually began to really believe that I was a runner. And I gradually began to believe I could do more than just the standard 3 miles that I had gotten pretty good at running. 3 miles became 4 miles and then it became 6 miles and then shoot, if I can do 6 miles I certainly could do 8 right?!?! Well long story short, between April and November of 2012 I ran and trained and then completed my first half marathon! I also began to realize that no matter how long (or short!) the distance, you need to celebrate every mile & every step in your journey!
There is an amazing woman in the Wear Blue community who is running her first FULL marathon next weekend. As an encouragement gift I created, for her, a race medal holder. I still need to make one for myself, but this is the one that I made for her!
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