Sunday, October 3, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ok, so this isn’t the rest of my race report but it kinda sorta does have something to do with my first half marathon and this past week.  I’ll start out by telling you about a sad sight/experience I had as I was getting ready to leave the race last Saturday.

My parents and I were walking towards the parking lot and were walking along the finishing stretch… I was cheering on everyone I could by name since it was on their bibs.  I was still feeling a little out of it and totally happy and excited about what I had just accomplished!  Then I saw it… an ambulance.  As we got closer I could see that someone had collapsed less than 100 yards from the finish line!  The medics were desperately trying to give her CPR and get her to breathe!  They were giving her CPR for what seemed like forever and finally put her in the squad and raced her to the Nashville hospital.

All I could keep thinking was “This is supposed to be a happy day!”  It was sad and unexpected and something I had never seen before… it was very scary.  I thought about her and prayed for her throughout the day and couldn’t get that image out of my head.  It was later confirmed that she had passed away!  Why God?  She had family cheering her on, she was healthy and volunteered her time and was making a difference in other people’s lives!  I don’t know why it was her time to go but it got me thinking.

First, I had never been so grateful that I had had my heart tested in the week leading up to my first half marathon!  Yes, that could have been anyone out there, including me!  So, please, if you haven’t had a physical or had your heart looked at and are running… GO GET IT CHECKED OUT!!  It’s worth spending the money in the end to make sure you will still be alive to share your special memories with family and friends!

Also, I have been taking a lot of things for granted including my relationship with God.  He has blessed me with so much and I have so many things to be thankful for!  I am healthy and getting stronger!  I have parents who would and do help me out if they can and will make an effort to come to things and support me when it matters the most.  I have siblings that although at times can annoy me, are there for me if I am having a bad day (most of the time).  I have a boyfriend who supports me in anything I do and can see past my faults.  I have jobs that keep me on my feet financially and a degree that I can fall back on if I need to.  I have a brain that works properly and motivation to keep me going when things get hard.  I have an awesome GOD who created me and all these wonderful people I have in my life and is there for me when I feel the world is crashing down all around me. 

The list goes on and on… but I am so thankful for everything!  This week has been an eye opener and I continue to pray for that lady’s family.  Don’t take things for granted!  Tell people in your life how important they are and how much you love them! 

Any day can be thanksgiving day… what are you thankful for?


  1. Wow. That is so scary.

    Thanks for this reminder, girl.

  2. Thanks for the reminder! I'll be praying for her family!

  3. oh my gosh. so sad. What a tragedy. My prayers go out to her and her family. A great reminder to get your heart checked out. My dad had me get a full physical and heart test before he would even let me begin training for the full important..

  4. That is very sad and scary. You are certainly right to make sure to get checked on anything suspicious and remember to be thankful for everything we all have.

  5. That's really scary and tragic. Yes, it's always a good idea to make sure you go to the doctor for physicals. I know I went a few years without getting bloodwork or anything, and then in May, after almost passing out, I found out I was severely anemic.

    Obviously it wasn't a tragic ending, but it's really affected my body and my running a lot. Had I *insisted* that my doctor do routine bloodwork (mine actually told me I only needed it done every other year), I would've gotten it under control a lot sooner.

    You definitely have tons to be thankful for- not only all of that, but for finishing a half marathon after all you went through with your heart :). It's really amazing that you stuck with it and stuck it out- definitely something to be proud of!

    Amy Lauren

  6. A reminder as to how fragile life really is. I saw the same thing one time at a race. Very scary stuff.

  7. Great post. Great reminder how fragile life is, and how we need to live every day to it's fullest.

  8. wow, i can't even imagine seeing that after such an emotional high finishing your first race. but a good reminder to not take things for granted.

  9. Wow. Wow. That would be tough. Will be praying for that family.

    I have so much to be thankful for... my husband, my children, family, friends, a house to live in, food to eat, legs to run with. My list is long so I'll just stop there. But, such a good reminder to be thankful for all of God's gifts!

  10. Wow, that is awful!

    I'm thankful for my family and friends. For my job. For my health. Lot's of things to be thankful for!

  11. Wow, that must have been horrible. How extremely sad for her family.
    Times like that really help remind me of what's really important in our lives.

  12. Wow .... we've all said that same sentence. Wow.

    I'm just sitting here in stunned silence now even knowing what to say. :(


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