Yesterday, as we reached mile 12 on our 1/2 marathon, I told Shannon , the tears are coming. I am so very grateful for her and this journey. It has been amazing. We have become an incredible team. She has sewn a beautiful tether that I hang on to and trust. It has been easy. She naturally tells me what I need to know to avoid obstacles. We've laughed. We've talked. We've shared. I have loved almost every minute. (We have run in some really cold weather getting ready for this day.)
I've been reflecting on how to put words to how I feel. Grateful just keeps coming to the top. Grateful for a friend that would be willing to take on this extra challenge to run with me every step of the way. Grateful for this journey we have been on - excited for what is next. Grateful for a healthy body that although it is a little sore today - ran all the way. Grateful that Steve, Julieanne, Rachel could also run the journey. Grateful for our cheering section of family and friends. Grateful for all those runners that ran by and cheered us on. Grateful for a new super cute 'blind athlete' vest, thanks to Shannon, to wear on our next journey. I am now owning and loving the label. Really. Blind. Athlete. They both come with falling and getting back up. Crossing the finish line and hugging makes it all worth it!
Sadly, I left my card in the computer so no pictures, yet. I will be so grateful when I get copies of the pictures to post!