Good Day Everyone!
Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday and gave your dad’s big hugs (either in person or virtually) today. I know I did–and I also made him his fave brekkie–though we switched in some bacon for the bison sausage as my dad wasn’t “in a bison mood” –whatever that means!
What was special about today, for me anyway, was that my dad got to see me run (part) of a race. This meant something for two reasons–the first being that my dad was a BIG time runner when I was a kid. Every year he would train for the Manitoba Marathon (and he also ran a few others in the states) and I remember I would be excited to see him when he got home–so we could play–and well, having done a full marathon, the last thing I would’ve wanted to do was play with a 7 year old–so my kudos to him. The second reason it meant a lot for him to see me run today is, well, unfortunately, with me typically running my half marathons outside of my home town, my dad has only seen me run twice…and neither of these races had me feeling particularly good.
Today I ran, with a big smile and he said I looked strong. Given the fact that, as I had mentioned in yesterday’s post that I haven’t run regularly in almost a month, that meant the world to me. I am finally running a half marathon in Winnipeg in October–I can’t wait to (hopefully) finish strong and smiling and have him waiting there at the finish line.
For good and for bad, my dad has been a huge influence and support in my life. He’s the only person who can make me smile, no matter how awful I am feeling. He’s a dad like no other–according to all my friends. He’s kind and generous, thoughtful–and all of these qualities and more– to a fault–even running out in a blizzard to grab my aussie friends a specific type of tea she liked to have in the mornings as we didn’t have any. Some of my friends feel he has ruined me for any potential suitors because no guy will ever match up to my dad. Truth be told, the idea of me ever having kids makes me slightly sad as they will never have a dad like him.
Though I know my dad will never read this, I am sending a little, for lack of a better word, prayer, out to my dad today to let him know that he is the most amazing dad ever and I would never trade him for the world as he has made my life so rich, fun and filled with love and laughter!
Happy Father’s Day Everyone!
P.S. Manitoba Marathon Relay leg–4.76 miles in 41 minutes–not too shabby.