And Solana who despite her hurt foot, stood around in the rain to take pictures because she knows how much it means to each of us to have those memories.
And my lovely friend Jen who I have gotten to know as a my fellow marathon clinic instructor and who not only led the clinic's run that morning but then came into Surrey to give out much-needed hugs and finish line potato chips! (My friends know me so well!)
It was a difficult race for me and seeing so many familiar faces along the way and at the finish made such a huge difference. Our Run Club at the Langley Running Room is made up of a wonderful group of people and having so many come out to cheer us on that day showed just how much heart they all have too. I've always known we had a pretty cool group of people but it just really stood out at Surrey when so many gave their time to be there for us.
And then as if that wasn't enough, I was humbled again this past weekend by the support we had surrounding us at Baker Lake. 10 of us were down there to run and along with several spouses Lisa also made the trip to cheer us on. Sadly, Lisa was supposed to run Baker but is battling an injury and instead of just staying home she still came along to help make sure we had everything we needed and to be that friendly face out on the course. It was amazing.
As runners, we put in countless hours training for our events but in the end, I think that's only part of the equation. Our success is just as much due to all the hours our loved ones put in being there for us. So while all that training makes us strong, all of the amazing people supporting and cheering makes us that much stronger.
Thank you to all of my wonderful friends and family who have been that familiar face out on the course or at the finish line!
And don't worry, I'm working away on that Baker Lake race report! A 9hr race is a lot to get down!