Our Oct. 12 trip to the Long Beach Half-Marathon gives us lots of reasons to celebrate why our group is so special -- and
an opportunity to relflect on what it means to be a Solemate:
1. Ten amazing Sole to Soul runners -- 10! -- completed
the race. When we began, I could not have imagined 10 people showing up on a Saturday, much less that many people traveling
for a race. Many of us can clearly remember a time when we would have never thought that 13.1 miles was possibility -- and
look at us now!
2. Two PRs. I am so proud of Val and Loann! And here's the thing: they both WORKED for their
success. They have been diligent about training and cross-training. Look to these women for inspiration, and you'll
3. Three cheerleaders. It was great fun to have Amie and Caryn there for our pre-race dinner on
Saturday and mid-course support on Sunday. It was a wonderful way to go the extra mile(s) for your team -- I am deeply thankful
for your committment. AND THEN -- there could not have been a bigger or more welcome surprise than seeing our Sole to
Soul sign with Carol (and her camera) just a few steps away. THANK YOU for the pictures and, as always, the course support.
You are amazing.
4. One incredible dinner and the chance to celebrate Raquel and Marlo's birthdays. How
much fun we had!!
Sometimes I just sit back and watch you all be together, honored and humbled to be, in small way,
part of the reason you all met. I cherish my friendships with you and your friendships with one another.
keep encouraging each other (always), pushing each other (not literally), and cheering our successes. Together, we have many
things to celebrate and many blessings to count!