Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday: My Number 1 Fan

I'm linking up with Rebecca at Southern Charm for Thankful Thursday again. I love doing these posts because I get to share with all of you how grateful I feel and am.


This week, I'm dedicating the post to my number one fan, supporter, and spectator: M. You see, he's amazing. I know that I'm the one hitting the pavement and treadmill to train hard for my races. And on race day, I'm the bundle of nerves, who usually cries (I didn't for the most recent race though) and is in pain post running 6.2 or 13.1 miles. But M has become a big part of this whole "Amanda is a crazy runner."
          Back in August, when I wrote my recap about the Rock 'n' Roll Providence Half Marathon, I left out the most important part of the whole race. It wasn't that I had run another half marathon. It wasn't that I got a PR after running those 13.1 miles. It was that I had someone there with me, who I love so much.
          Recently, I wrote a response for Krista for her post "We Encourage - Featured Follower - Amanda", and I emphasized that running that half in Providence wasn't just about running a race. It was about M.
        I know I'm biased because I'm in love with M, and he is my boyfriend and best friend, but he truly is all the things I say he is. He's amazing, supportive, loving, caring, smart, funny, affectionate...you get the point? But sometimes, I forget that M goes above and beyond for me because of how much he loves me. So for that, I must say thank you.
         I am so thankful for him. I am thankful that he loves me so much that he'll always be there to support his crazy running girlfriend, even if that means getting up at 4:30 in the morning, on a weekend, rain or shine, to watch me cross the finish line.
         Running races isn't just about running for me anymore. Running races isn't just about reaching goals and accomplishing something. It's a shared experience. So when you pass all those husbands, children, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, brothers, sisters, friends, and fur babies, thank them. Thank them for their support and love and commitment to being there for you at the finish.
          I am thankful for M. Are you thankful for your number one fans?

13 comments:

Claire said...

So sweet Amanda! I'm thankful that even though Mr C usuually finishes way way way ahead of me he still waits for me near the finish line and sometimes runs the remainder with me, pushing me not to quit or give up! Those boys are the best!!!!

sherri lynn said...

Amanda this is so sweet! I'm so glad that M is super supportive and that you get to share not just running but other experiences with him too! I'm not a big runner but the only race I did, it was totally worth it when I was almost to the finish line and all of my nieces and nephew were there cheering Aunt Sherri on! I will never forget it!

amy b.s. said...

this is so nice! it really is a huge deal to have great support when you're putting your body through stuff like this. how wonderful!

Mrs. T said...

What a sweet post. :) I love to run... unfortunately, I've been having some horrible back problems lately, and can't do it as much as I'd like. Everytime I do it gets worse. Sucks having something you love so much taken away. But when I DO run... and I pass another runner on the sidewalk.. there's always that nod of "I know what you're going through right now... good job" hahah... you feel connected to all other runner's! it's all mental!!

Fash Boulevard said...

you've got so much support behind you Amanda. you're going to kill it. love this post. I've got pictures from my first Halloween in Hollywood over at Fash. Love to hear what you think. xo

www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

I know exactly how you feel. I am running a 10K next sunday and my boyfriend is coming and even handing out water to my students with the Moms to help out our program. We are lucky girls!

Natalie said...

Awww what a lucky girl you are! I have also been in M's shoes since I'm not a runner but gotten up to attend my husband's half marathons. He used to run one on December 1st in the cold so yeah let's just say I have love for the guy. I'm so glad you have someone like M in your life!

Ruthie Hart said...

SO sweet girl. I am so glad that your man is your number 1 fan! xoxo

Alexis @bloomedinjune said...

oh :) i loved how sweet this post was! i think we're all very thankful for our number one fans!

Alexa said...

always thankful! This is a great post!

Courtney B said...

This is so incredibly sweet!! You are lucky to have such an amazing man in your life :) But you know what? He's lucky to have YOU in his life as well!!

Krista said...

This is beautiful Amanda! I'm sure M is appreciative and feels his much you live him. It's so important to never stop telling your loved ones how much you need and appreciate them. You do a really good job of this!

♡ Beverly {Preppy Wife Preppy Life} said...

Being thankful is wonderful! This is such a sweet post! I know I love supporting my auntie when she runs and does events.