"Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best.”
Earlier this week, something I never thought would happen - HAPPENED.
I got to meet a living running legend. Someone who inspires me to BELIEVE that anything is possible. Someone who reminds me to never give up, not ever.
|Me and Meb!!|
A little over a year ago I won an autographed copy of his book, Run to Overcome, on my good friend Dorothy's blog, Mile Posts. I was SO excited to win it and couldn't wait to start reading. From the moment I picked it up I am not kidding when I tell you that I could not put it down. Meb's story is as remarkable as all of his running accomplishments. His success was not just handed to him - he has worked so hard and has overcome a lot of very difficult times in his life and his running to get where he is today. (If you have not read the book yet, I highly recommend it. You can read Dorothy's great review of it by clicking HERE.)
A few years ago when Dorothy was volunteering for a local race (the ACLI Capital Challenge in DC) she was asked to pick Meb and his brother Hawi up from the train station and take them to their hotel. She told me all about it - and as she spoke I could literally feel her excitement. Her story completely captivated me. I was beyond happy for her - my friend's passion and gratitude just shined so brightly from the inside out (she makes me feel this way on a daily basis when we talk about running. If you read her blog I am sure you can imagine what I mean). Living vicariously through her was pretty awesome. But to get to experience it for myself - meeting one of my running heroes in real life - that would surely top it. I just didn't really imagine I would ever have the opportunity.
So a couple of months ago when Dorothy told me that Meb was returning for the race, and asked me if I would want to assist her with the awards this year, I just about jumped out of my seat. Ummmm, yes are you kidding I would absolutely love to wake up at 4:30am on and go into the city with you to help out with this race. Whatever you need - I am your girl!
My husband took a half day off from work on Wednesday and did the solo parenting thing with all three kids so that I could spend my morning with one of my best friends and a running legend. It was pretty much a magical morning that I will never - EVER - forget.
|Dorothy, Meb, me and Hawi|
“But I also realize that winning doesn't always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself. One of my greatest joys is inspiring other people to perform at their best.”
I asked Meb to sign the inside of my favorite running hat, so that when I am wearing it I can look up and read his words and remember this day.
|Winning = Being MY Best|
Have you ever gotten to meet one of your running heroes?
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