Tuesday, March 29, 2011
WOW, this weekend is going to be difficult to summarize.
A year ago 10 of us participated in the run and we had such a great time we decided to discuss it in a forum, and BAM - before we knew of it there was 79 people in the group, and this weekend 40+ (including coaches Nancy and Nicole) came together in Pittsburgh to run 'just a short run'.
There were four distances - 5k, 8.1 miles, half marathon, and 30k, and despite the hill everyone hated - everyone did phenomenal. Some did their first event, some did their first HM, some did a PB, but I think at the end of the day, many of the participants moved themselves out of their comfort zone, and felt as the went home - they went home with a sense of accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment - physical and emotional.
Many got to meet SP friends they have communicated with for a long time. Many of us learned a lot from each other, many of us were able to encourage each other, and at the end there was a sense that we will be back next year.
I have read some of the blogs after the event and I want to thank everyone who came from the bottom of my heart. The fact that you were there, you helped define the weekend and make it a resounding success You may have been shy and not interacted as much as you wanted, but that is OK, you were still there, and the fact that you overcame obstacles and actually were there - speaks volumes.
I would also like to mention the people who traveled long distance to be part of this event - the furthest came from OR. We even had an international contingent - Ontario, Canada .
Before I start rambling I want to - from the bottom of my heart say - thank you for being part of this. I want to mention Anne/Bobbie, Lynn and all you did to make this event a reality.
If you want to be there next year - start planning!!!