Saturday, May 3, 2014

Motivational May Spotlight - Day 3 | Our Ladybug

As I continue my journey to reveal the most influential and inspirational people, events or other in my running career.  While there are hundreds and hundreds of people who have been a part of my running career and I am very grateful for the role they are in my life, I will be share with you the most inspirational.

Some you will know, some will be no surprise, but others may be.  I promised these posts will be raw, truthful and sometimes emotional.  Maybe in these posts you will find your own inspirational or feel compelled to thank those around you.

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Today, I share with you our Ladybug.  

In 1997 she came to us at less than 2 lbs.  It was love at first sight and from that day, she was our "baby girl".  Her death in 2011 devestated our family and I found therapy in my running. As many of you know, I ran a 5k the day after she died and there is where the tradition of having a picture with her yellow tennis ball began.

There isn't a race I do not think about her.  When I have struggled, she has been there.  When I have raised my hands in victory, I feel her jumping around me.

My running nickname is "Ladybug Runner".  It is a name I am proud to have as she was always my biggest fan.  No matter how tired, sweaty or frustrated I was with a training run, she greeted me at the door.

3 years after her death, we still feel her with us and I hope it never leaves us.

My baby girl, my love and the one I long to hold in my arms again, Ladybug. Below is the last picture of her.  Taken the day before she passed away. This is my phone wall paper. 

Ladybug, 1997-2011

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