A letter to my running partner

Monday, November 30, 2015

Dear Ben,

I know this isn't the type of post you envisioned for this blog, but every time I start to type, everything seems insignificant because all I can think about is how thankful I am for you.

First of all, I am abundantly thankful that you are home.  It actually brings tears to my eyes because I know that this picture could look far different.

There are sailors right now stuck on a ship and can only email their family...we've been there and I Praise the Lord that I got to cook dinner with you and hear your laugh and see you snuggle our kids this week.

I'm so thankful to have you as my running partner.  You are more than a person that runs alongside me; you encourage me when I'm feeling insecure or super tired, you let me vent my frustrations on long runs and you try your hardest to deceive me into thinking our pace is "just right for you" when I tell you to run ahead.  And even though I struggle to admit this, I'm thankful that you never, ever leave me on a run.

Thank you for making your health a priority.  Perhaps others see it differently, but I see your fitness and healthy eating as a treasure.  First of all, Lord willing, it means I get to spend more of my life with you.  Second, you are leading our family in health.  When you make time for runs, it shows our kids that fitness can be fun and enjoyable and it's important to make it a priority.  And when they see you cooking healthy meals, it's shaping how they will eat as adults.

 See?  This is proof that your actions make an impact on our kids:
Alison ran a 1 mile kids race before Ben's half marathon

Thank you for helping me out of running ruts and always making sure I get runs in, even with holidays and family visiting.  You are the one who hands me my running shoes and tells me to get outside- "I've got the kids"- when my mommy heart thinks I shouldn't leave.

Thanksgiving run together...the grandparents babysat for us!
I am so thankful for this "sweaty" life we've built together and God has blessed.  I pray often that others would have someone as encouraging and supportive as you in their life.

Love always,

P.S. If you could let me run more miles than you this month, that would be great :)

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