Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Still on Cloud 9

I'm still high as a kite from Sunday's "activites." We got a call from my 5 year old's teacher tonight. She wast talking about what he wrote in his journal on Monday. Yes, they journal in kindergarten. I didn't know that. Well, she said he wrote about his daddy running a marathon this weekend. And she was so surprised that he spelled marathon correctly. She said, "Where did you learn how to spell marathon?" He said, "It's on my daddy's medal. He got a medal." So, she said the journal said something like "sunday, I went to the marathon. My daddy ran a marathon. He was tired. He got a medal." And that was it. LOL!! Man, it just keeps getting better and better. I'm luvin' it!!!

I've tried several times since Tuesday to come up with the words to express my appreciation and love for my running family and all those who encouraged me this past year. This past year!! You know, it seems like January 15th was actually the new year for me. I remember when January 1 came along and people around me at work and everywhere were looking back at the past year and thinking about what was accomplished and making new goals and looking forward to new challenges. I remember thinking to myself, "Hey, this year ain't over yet. I'm still working on this marathon thing." I remember not feeling right about closing the book on "last year" when so much of last year was about this thing coming on January 14th.

Well, now that it's done and over, I've been reflecting on this past year and the wonderful friendships that I have made and the good and the tough times we've all gone through together. I'm tempted here to take a stoll down memory lane but I doubt seriously that I'd do it justice so I'm going to keep it here, in my own heart, for me. Thank you all for sharing your lives with me. Thanks for the laughs, the tears, the advice, the encouragment, and the oft needed kick in the pants. Ice baths, IHOP, racing in the rain, Christmas lights, the GRB, trail running, barber shops, Coverlet bandaids, the Westpark bridge, the word "frivolity", Homer Simpson, yahoo im emoticons, bling, parking lots that are too full, restaraunts that are too packed, 205's, 305's, 201's. For the rest of my life, these silly things will have special meaning to me. I'll never forget this year and what the Striders and bloggers and so many other friends have meant to me. I've got to admit, it's been a hard year. A lot of hard work. NO WAY I could have accomplished a small fraction of what I have accomplished for my future and my family without the support of so many.

Ok, my kids just came in and asked my why I'm sobbing uncontrollably. "I'm just happy, I told him. Happy to have some good friends."

I love you!

Vic

12 comments:

Keith said...

You did great Vic. I'm proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for all the sharing and caring Vic. LOL back at ya. You continue to inspire Matt W......

TX Runner Girl said...

It's been great getting to know you! LOL at that journal entry...that's so cute. You are setting a great example for your kiddos which is an awesome gift to them.

Vicky and Dale said...

You are loved in return!

Pony = )

J~Mom said...

I can't come here and cry everyday, Vic. LOL You continue to inspire me and move me.

L*I*S*A said...

Vic, you are a true inspiration to everyone around you. I've enjoyed reading your journey to this marathon. I know there will be more, but I know how you feel. There's nothing quite like that first time you cross the finish mat, is there?

Savor the afterglow. It's yours, and you worked hard for it.

JustJunebug said...

Hey whats the weather gonna be this weekend?

Oh wait...WHO CARES!!!!

big marathon hugs to my buddy...

Anonymous said...

Vic,
You street ice eating son of a gun. Enjoy your recovery. I leave Saturday for altitude training with the US Olympic Team...not! But I will be thinking of you when I am skiing. They have a treat there that is right up your alley. It's called yellow snow. I will bring you some.
SteveS

Jill said...

Right back at ya!!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm...yellow...

WAIT! YUUUUUUUUCK!!!!

Homer

Pat said...

Your kid journals about you. My kid said, "Dad, when I go to high school next year do you promise not to run around the school."

Enjoy the kids, eventually they become teenagers.

Pat
Arizona, USA

Barbara said...

That's great Vic! My daughter did the fun run last year after hearing me talk about all the training (we had a schedule conflict this year).

That stuff sticks with them the rest of their life. Amazing...