I had to rush home & write all of my feelings down about this morning (or yesterday, since this will post Monday morning).
Sunday morning, I volunteered for the EQT 10 miler at the finish line. My friend Sara & I were in charge of handing out heat sheets to the finishers – and I have to say that I had the most incredible morning.
I might have mentioned this before, or if you’re my friend in real life you might have noticed.. but I have been pretty uninspired & down lately. I am not shy about the fact that I see a therapist professionally because I truly believe that everyone would benefit from seeing one. In the past couple of months or so, my anxiety has been through the roof & I have been feeling overwhelmed. After Buffalo Creek 1/2, I didn’t run for 2 weeks. I am slowly getting back into fitness – I worked out 3x last week which I’m very proud of – & after my volunteering experience Sunday morning, I am feeling on my way back to normal.
I got to see the first wheelchair cross the finish line. I got to see the Elites finish. I got to see my friends from Pro Bike + Run finish. I got to wrap heat sheets around smiling faces, thankful faces, & pained faces. I uncontrollably had a smile on my face the entire morning, because I LOVED helping out these finishers. Sometimes at the end of a hard race, you just need to see a smiling face. And I was so happy to hear I was that person for some of them.
It was incredible. I wish I could pass on the feelings I have about this experience to all of you. I am inspired again. I have feelings again that I haven’t felt in many months. I had fun again.
THANK YOU to everyone who finished – who came up to me with a smile & thanked me for being there – but really, I should be thanking you. You made my day & did so much more for me than you know.