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Joyous New Year!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I thought about reiterating my goals on this first day of the new year, but I decided to share a story of joy.

Would you believe that a salesman has been an important supporter of mine? He's only in his early 20's and he ran a half marathon in 1:11 and a full marathon, placing first in Jacksonville recently, in 2:31. Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME.

I buy my running shoes from him and ask him lots of running questions. I know he gets commission from what I buy, but I know he does not provide the level of support he gives me to all his customers. When I finished my Watermelon Series 5K races this year, he was there, looking for me, and celebrating when I finished. He runs a 5K in 14 minutes and change. I run in just about twice his time. But I know that the encouragement and respect he gives me is real.

He remembers when I came into his store in January of 2011 and said I'm 61 years old and I've never run, but I want to run in the Senior Games 5K. He patiently fitted me, gave me some training advice, and asked me to come back and tell him about my first race experience. I did. When I told him I came in third in my age group he said he wanted to hug me but it is against store policy. I told him I considered myself hugged!

Yesterday when I bought my third pair of running shoes I thought about how much his support has meant to me. Who would've thought a salesman, and one much younger than my own daughter, could be a significant supporter of a old lady who just started running? He's going to be a Komen 10K on January 14th. He'll look for me at the finish. It will mean something to me, too.

I expect 2012 to be a year filled with running and joy!

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    2846 days ago
    How great is that? I love being around people who are that encouraging!
    2846 days ago
    Awesome, sounds like a wonderful person
    2846 days ago
    He sounds like a great person!
    2847 days ago
    wow! thanks for sharing!!
    2847 days ago
    What a wonderful tribute to someone who inspires you - much like you inspire many of us here on Spark.
    2847 days ago
  • TMW54812
    That's awesome! You are da bomb girl! emoticon
    2847 days ago
    2847 days ago
    what a wonderful story Marsha. Such a nice young man and so nice to hear about in this day and age. Too many young folks are just so self absorbed.
    Great story for me to hear to begin the New Year.
    2847 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is fabulous Marsha! You deserve such great support. I don't imagine too many people start a running program at your age. You are showing everyone who meets you and is on your friend's list that you really can do anything you set your mind to! They really ought to feature your story not only on TV, but prominantly here on Sparks!!
    You are just so awesome!! You are such a role model!!
    2847 days ago
    I would completely believe this!

    You never know where your personal cheerleaders will show up... I have a consultant at my diet center who has been a cheerleader for 3 years and when I went in to see her yesterday we went over the races I'm planning for this year. I have a health coach for work who also is a cheerleader. Then there are my fellow runners at work and co-workers who aren't there yet but are looking to me as an example of being able to do things you decide to do.

    My nieces / family are huge supporters. And yes, the guys at the shoe store, too!

    Isn't it terrific to be surrounded by encouragers? And as Mirage 727 says, you are an inspiration to many right here on Spark. The Spark community cheering one another on... priceless, as the commercial says!
    2847 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    You are truly an inspiration to me, Martha! Rock the world!
    2847 days ago
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