The beauty in friendship.

I am a very lucky lady. For a multitude of reasons (I love to count my blessings, they’re not something to take for granted, right?)  really — but a big one on my mind right now?

I have awesome friends.

Both near and far, “IRL” and of the bloggy variety — a line that continues to blur more and more, and in the best possible way — the friends I surround myself today are nothing short of beautiful.

I’ve mentioned the running sherpa ‘thing’ a couple of times now but I don’t think I’ve done it any sort of justice. And I don’t even know that this post will do it justice either, but I had to dedicate an entire post to the topic. It dawned on me after reading Spabettie’s blog post from last week (a fellow sherpa friend!) on this entire phenomenon, that I really needed to give thanks, right here on this blog, right now, for the world to see.

Quite simply - I’m in awe. 

In awe…that this group of beautiful sherpa friends has surrounded little ‘ol me (and Scott!) with a ridiculous amount of support during marathon training. I never saw it coming. And not because I didn’t think my friends were capable of such support, but because I guess I didn’t think I warranted such support. As odd as that sounds.

In awe…that they call *me* an inspiration to them. Um hi, you ladies inspire the hell outta me every single day. Your friendship, your loyalty, your own journeys as fit, faithful woman? Gorgeous. And awesomely inspiring.

In awe…that the love and support keep on comin’. The closer we get to October 7 (aka ‘d-day’), the more warm and fuzzy I feel nearly everyday that I log onto instagram, or twitter, or facebook or gmail. Little notes, words of encouragement, and funny-as-hell hashtags? Yes, please. :)

In awe…that I can count each of you as friends. Even the friends I have yet to meet in person (it WILL happen). I am a lucky, lucky girl.

So today? I’m thanking each and every one of you sherpa friends: 

Heather
Dorry
Lindsay (aka queen sherpa! *and* healthy bites genius…she’s even making Scott and I special marathon bites just for use on the big day, <3 her!)
Jo
Spabettie
Melissa
Sarena
Amber
Christine

In addition to such fine sherpa friends as these, I also have some IRL friends who have been quietly supportive in their own ways. Either by running ‘with’ me on long runs days (and texting me to tell me so!) or by sending me cute text messages that I usually see right when I get back from a long run, cheering me on from afar. You have no idea how deeply it touches me to read a simple “thinking of you” text message after knocking out a double-digit training run. It means the world. <3

You are beautiful, you are incredible friends, you are so dear to me, I can’t even begin to describe it. And you know what? I will run with a little more heart on marathon day (ONE MONTH from today!!) because that heart will be full to the brim with love for each of you. I promise to do you proud. <3

<<and I’ll certainly need an extra dose of your sherpa support when Scott and I stare down our second 20-mile run on our training plan tomorrow morning. Be prepared to rally, please!! xoxo >>

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37 thoughts on “The beauty in friendship.

  1. now I am going to tear up. Wish we all lived closer. We are in awe of you, your love, your friendship. It’s genuine, sincere, and YOU! These ladies are amazing because of their hearts. For that, I (we) are thankful! <3

    • aww friend, no tears!! I just wanted to let you ladies know just how special you all are to me and just how touched I am by your loving support throughout this journey, I still can’t even put into words what it’s meant to me. Truly. xoxo!

    • This is the part where the beauty of friendship comes in — even if your fellow friend mistakenly leaves you off her sherpa list, that friend still knows how important she is to her. No matter what. xoxo :)

    • awww no crying friend, especially at work!! I love you TOO, so much. Thank you for EVERYTHING. You’ve been amazing. I am so so so lucky to know you – IRL and in bloggy land :) xoxo

  2. I LOVE this sis!! So heartfelt, so true, so real. And no matter if they are named here or not, there are so many people rooting you on, it’s the best! love you sis!

    • Exactly. No matter who I listed and who I alluded to, ALL of you are important to me, all of your support means the world, all of THIS means I am truly, utterly blessed. Especially to have a sister like you…supportive no matter what. I love you!

  3. you inspire me Every Day! I am honored to sherpa for you, and for all these fabulous friends!

    I wish we could all BE there for real on marathon day… but you know we are there right with you! <3

    • I am honored that YOU would sherpa for ME. You are so awesome my friend, thank you for all that you’ve done, all your message and tweets have meant the WORLD to me. I wish you all could be there!! We need someone to sponsor the sherpas!!

  4. This is yet again another beautiful and inspiring post! You will do great tomorrow! I ran today with my virtual sherpas and it felt great! You are truly amazing and I feel so incredibly lucky to get to share this journey with you! I will be thinking about you guys tomorrow! Hugs to you my friend!

    • I will be thinking of ALL of you tomorrow while we run our bums off!! Thank you friend, so much for all that you’ve done to be so amazingly supportive and for helping to make training so FUN for us. Seriously.

  5. You know…I was thinking the other day that I haven’t been as outwardly supportive of your training recently. Of course you know I’m so proud of you, and I try to comment on here as often as I can (unlike I was a long time ago…gone for weeks lol), but on Twitter and FB? I’ve been terrible. And here I am…on a list of friends that you chose to thank publicly, and I love you tons for it. Heather’s right…marathon training requires good friendships. It’s tough to get through on your own! It’s possible, of course, but tough. I am truly inspired by your words every day, Jess. EVERY. DAMN. DAY. PS: I will totally be with you on your run tomorrow. Promise. <3

    • You DO support me friend, always — your little messages, tweets, Facebook comments, ALL of it. I notice and sense your presence always even if you don’t think you do enough you do PLENTY, I promise. Thank you a bajillion times over my friend, you are such a blessing to me, truly. xoxoxo

  6. You know that I’m living vicariously through you, right? Like Melissa said, I am in awe and inspired by your words every day. I am honored to support you. I can’t help but root for you and Scott. I will be thinking of you both tomorrow as you crush you 2nd 20 miler. That’s right – your 2nd 20 miler. I will be pedaling my way along on the elliptical in support (never thought that I would be so excited to have someone tell me that I could use the elliptical as I was today at PT). xoxo

    • Awww you are so sweet! I LOVE that you’re living vicariously through us as we battle for 26.2. It’s been SO amazing to be surrounded by such loving supportive women, you ladies are the BEST. Seriously, you have no idea what it’s meant to me and how often I think of you all on these long runs.

  7. beautiful! I am so thankful to know all of you fine women, and I love that your marathon training has brought out this powerful group of supportive sherpas! hope you are having a great day after 20 miles this morning – amazing!

    • I am so thankful to know all of you — even if we’ve never met, I feel so close to each of you…this marathon journey has totally solidified our friendship and I LOVE that. Now if only we lived closer together…talk about a fantastic bloggy meet-up huh?? We MUST make it happen this fall/winter -NYC to Boston (or vice versa) is sooo not that far apart, right??

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