I can’t help but share my neighbor Kelli’s story. When I moved to our current house about 2 years ago Kelli was the first neighbor/friend I met. Her and her adorable family brought some yummy treats to welcome us into the neighborhood. I was pregnant with J at the time and when I would go out walking we would often chat while she was doing yard work. She always talked to me about running and she made me really excited to start running once my pregnancy was over.
When I have running questions, I always talk to her first. That 15 miler I ran awhile back? Yup, inspired by her. She told me I could run a marathon and I believed her. She inspires me to do things I didn’t know I could do. (I will run one someday, but prob not this summer). She’s a mom of 4 great kids, a wife to her sweet husband Mike(who kept me company when we ran this half while Kelli ran the full).
She qualified for Boston and I was so pumped for her. She was obviously really excited too. She took her family with her and traveled from UT to Boston. She finished 10 min before the bombs went off and was still trying to find her family when they went off. She was actually on the phone with her husband when they heard the explosion and she saw the smoke. Luckily, they were safe and had a flight home soon after.
Last Saturday(5 days after Boston) Kelli decided to sign up for the Salt Lake City Marathon with some other Boston runners. She ran 2 marathons in 1 week!!! All the runners signed this banner and they’re sending it to Boston to know they have support. Kelli’s group also wore their Boston race shirts.
I just thought what they did was so incredible and had to share. I’m loving all these inspirational stories=)
What inspires you to run today?