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?