Dear Hannah and Rylee,
Tomorrow is a big day for you both. I am so excited for your races and to see you both cross the finish line.
The past 10 weeks you both trained hard and well for your races. You were so dedicated that when I think back over the summer and all the runs we did together I am so proud and awestruck at how well you did. Its been a joyous adventure and I am honored to have been a part of it.
Hannah, you set this goal for yourself. Turning 13 and running 13.1 miles. When you told me you wanted to do this I was beyond excited and so proud of you for wanting to achieve something rather big and hard. You have come so far. You started out with a long run of 3 miles and now you have ran up to 10 and your mid week runs are often 4 or 5 miles long. You've learned to listen to your body and to push through some mental garbage that all runners deal with. You have ran on HOT days and ran when it was beautiful out. You've talked to me more in the past weeks than I think we have really ever before. We have shared miles and hours running but its so much more to me. This has been a gift of time with you and a time to watch you grow. I am so happy we have had this time together and I hope there are many many more races to train for together in our future. Tomorrow you may be nervous but I will be there with you and we will talk, smile and have fun. This is your victory lap.
|Hannah enjoying a post long run treat!|
Rylee, you too have achieved so much this summer. You have ran further than you have ever before and you have done it in such good spirits, well at least 98% of the time! HA HA HA! You have such a wonderful way while you run, don't ever lose that. You are happy and carefree and you talk away the miles and the time in a way I wish I could. You've taught me more about certain games, animals, dinosaurs and nature on our runs that I can list! Tomorrow you will run a 10K and I know this is just the beginning of a long lifetime love of running for you. Be proud and run with that big smile tomorrow. You will do great and I am so proud of you.
|Rylee is too cool!|
Both of you have given me the biggest gift this summer and I will forever cherish our days of running together. I look forward to doing this more in the future. Tomorrow if you feel nervous remember that you have put in the time and effort and that you both can run these distances. You are stronger than you know and tomorrow is your time to shine. I love you both beyond words.
Mommy or AKA to Rylee as Mom-ez