Monday Musings: Number 20

I hit a milestone this past weekend. In running that is. Yesterday’s race at the Daytona Beach Half Marathon was my 20th half marathon that I’ve run to date. I originally thought it was #19, but after re-counting my medals last night, it was definitely #20. It’s amazing how far I’ve come since that first half marathon.


My first 13.1 was the 2011 Space Coast Half Marathon. I hadn’t done a race beyond a 15k and I recall how nervous I was. Thankfully, I had great friends around who supported me from start to finish. I’m blessed to call these ladies friends to this day. Running friends are a different kind of breed, loyal and there to the end and beyond.

The more I run, the more I appreciate the fact that I can run. As well as that not every race or run is going to be a good one. Some races aren’t going to go as you may have wanted them to, or planned, but in the end, as long as you go out and do your best, that’s all that matters. Yesterday’s race became about finishing it. Getting to that finish line beside a running friend and not worrying about what time the clock said. I’ve learned so much about myself and running since those first races, and that first half marathon. I go out there every time to start and finish the race, period. I’m definitely a social runner, one out for the fun of running as well as to push myself while I’m out there. No age group or speed awards for this runner girl.

While the race was the highlight of my weekend, I also experienced a low. On Saturday, a long-time neighbor that lives across the street from my parents suddenly passed away. It’s news that I don’t think I’ve fully processed just yet. The couple have lived there since my family moved in back in the late 1980s, so I’ve known them since I was about 11 years old. I basically grew up knowing both of them, and when I heard the wife had died, well it was definitely a shock.

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Every time I go to visit my parents, she was outside with the dogs waving at me. The support they gave me when they learned I was running was awesome. Especially when they learned I was running the NYC Marathon last year. Patty (that’s her name) was so incredibly sweet. She told me how excited she was that I was doing the race and then later how happy she was to track me on race day. I’ve always taken for granted that she and her husband were around, across the street from my parents that it’s hard to imagine the lack of her presence when I go back over later this week.

Life is precious and tomorrow is never promised. Sadly, we end up learning this lesson again and again whenever we lose a family member or friend. It’s hard to understand the why when someone we care about is taken from us suddenly, too soon in our minds. I know that God has His reasons, His plans for each and every one of us. We are put here for a reason. Once our work is done here on Earth, we go home to Heaven. So, we just never know if someone close to us is nearing that point. All we can do is love one another embrace each day we are given.


Monday Musings: Number 20 — 31 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately we are reminded that life is precious again and again. That is so awesome that you have done 20 half marathons! That is such an accomplishment and an inspiration for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow! You had some serious highs and some serious lows this weekend. I love this reminder that tomorrow is not promised so we truly must live today to it’s fullest! Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your struggle and successes with us!

  3. Hey there sweet skirt sister! Congrats on half number 20, that’s flipping incredible.
    I’m so sorry it was a bittersweet weekend, and I’m sending love and good thoughts your way. You are an inspiration and I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  4. I am very sorry to hear about your neighbor.
    But a huge congrats on #20 half marathon, that is amazing! Life is definitely precious, and taking advantage of our talents and enjoying and experiencing life like you are with your half marathons is definitely a great way to live it. Congrats again, that is an incredible milestone!

  5. Wow, 20 half marathons is very impressive. Although I have been running for 10 years, my first half was less than a year ago. Now I am training for my first marathon.

    How fun it must have been to look at all your medals ! Congrats again.

  6. Congratulations Shannon on Number 20 that is awesome! That is quite impressive for just entering your first one a little over 4 years ago! I couldn’t agree more with you on running friends being a different kind of breed. I mean who else would get up with you way before the sun to run a training run?! Runner friends!

  7. Thanks Skirt Sis! The older we get, it seems we deal with a lot more craziness. But, I believe everything happens for a reason. Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Thanks Kristy. I’m still in denial as I haven’t been over to my parents since it happened. I’m sure it will be all too real during the funeral later this week.
    It’s so hard to believe that I’ve run that many! Funny how quickly they add up! Thanks again!

  9. So cool, 10 years of running! I hope I can run for years and years to come. What marathon are you training for? Your first is always so huge and you’ll remember it forever!

  10. I do love those races where finishing is the only goal. Congrats on number 20! Thank you for reminding me that every day is a gift, and to cherish those who help make it a little more special!

  11. Wow! 20 half marathons! That is an awesome accomplishment ๐Ÿ™‚ The more I run, the more I realize the joy and relaxation it brings to my life. I am not ever in a “race” with other people, just enjoying the ride ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyday is a gift and we need not take advantage of that fact.

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds, though, like you already know to treasure the moments you have and to make the most out of your life – congratulations on your 13.1 milestone!

  13. Awesome milestone ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t imagine getting to 20 races! Also, I have to say that your weight loss I read about on your “About Me” is amazing. I need to lose quite a lot, so it’s really inspiring to hear about.

  14. Yes, it’s a race, but not a race. That’s how I see doing the races these days. Especially when you’re not a fast runner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoying it should be at the top of why we go out there if we aren’t a pro at it. Thanks Lindsey!

  15. I know, it’s crazy right? I knew I was close, but thought I still had at least one more to go before #20. LOL! Oh wow, 50 would be something, wouldn’t it? Thanks Nicola! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Thanks for the kind words, Sarah. I think the older we get, we do get wiser to those things. It’s important that we make good memories and treasure the people we care about.

  17. Thanks Jenn, it truly is a bittersweet moment. The funeral is tomorrow, and I know I haven’t really come to terms with the loss. Denial is where I’m at right now, and since I like 40 minutes away from my parents, it will become more real then. Thanks again.

  18. Thank you! Weight loss is NOT easy, and anyone who says it is has never really had to deal with it IMO. I know I’ll struggle with staying fit for the rest of my life, but being healthy and being able to do this crazy running thing I love makes it worthwhile. Let me know if I can help in any way, Sarah.

  19. Shannon, so sorry for your loss. I know what that’s like. Lifelong neighbors feel like family. Its part of your every day habit. So when they are gone, things just don’t feel right. ๐Ÿ™ I know I follow you on FB, but for some reason I think this might be the first time I’ve visited your blog. Shame on me!! Thanks blog hop ๐Ÿ˜‰

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