Friday, August 5, 2011

A Reminder

Sometimes we’re hard on ourselves. Sometimes we don’t know our own worth or strength. That’s why friends exist. To remind us when we cannot remind ourselves.

I got an email this morning from an incredible dear friend. Simply, it reads:

“You are amazing and tough and cool and fun and beautiful and solid and ready.  Ready for all that Life is presenting you right now.  The race.  The uncertainty.  The dynamics.  The questions.  The challenges.  You train hard for everything - life and running and swimming and riding and being a wonderful wife mother daughter sister and friend.  Your training serves you well because it prepares you to be there. 

But you have everything you need for all of this.  You have always been ready.  Always have always had the magic, the focus, the spirit to face and finish and conquer Everything. 

Your spirit inspires all of us lucky to know you.  We come to rely on that.  You are life-giving.  For the next days change a little and receive.  Be on the other end.  Give only to yourself to fuel and rest and prepare and fill yourself so that on Sunday you are with you.  I am always.

I love you, my friend.  I am proud of you and know you have this all of it - the mettle, the moxie, the style, the guts, the strength and the heart for all of it.”

She is right. I have always been ready. All of us have always been ready, if we can just get behind ourselves and believe it.

Then, when we meet our goal, we can sit back and remind ourselves that there never was a reason to question or to be unsure.

So, if you’re uncertain today about being “enough,” remind yourself that you’ve got what it takes. Believe.

SUAR

53 comments:

  1. Very timely post for me. Thanks!:)

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  2. So very true. Why is it so easy to see the inspiraton and strength in others but so very difficult to believe in yourself the same way? Thanks for the post and reminding all of us to step out and look at ourselves once in awhile and recognize our own value.

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  3. this is awesome! What an inspiring, comforting, motivating message - thank you so so much for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for sharing Beth...now that i know i can do a sprint tri (learning from the failure of the first) I am tackling the next big thing for me: the marathon. My training plan starts Monday and I'm definitely doubting myself. This helped :) Have a great weekend!

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  5. Wow. Perfect timing, as i'm about to begin fertility treatments so my husband and i can have a baby. Thank you. And, wishing you an amazing race!

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  6. Wow!! How wonderful- most humbling for you to read I am sure! Your friend is right though! Be ready and be fabulous!

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  7. What a great friend to share those words with you. You have done an amazing job of training both your body and your mind--such an incredible process! Enjoy the success of all your hard work this weekend!!

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  8. I'm loving this.

    I love my true friends.

    What a rockin friend you have been blessed with.

    She's 100% right.
    You are sooooooooooooo ready!!

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  9. We all need someone like that in our corner. I only "know" you from your posts and I can tell she's spot-on in her assessment of your drive and ability. It's hard to fake that kind of tenacity, you know. You will rock this Ironman. Can't wait to read the 1st post from you afterwards.

    Kick ass, Beth. Donuts will be waiting for you when you're done. (Though I still recommend fritters).

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  10. Great post! and what a great friend!

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  11. What a great message, thank you for sharing.
    And you, you are amazing on so many levels.
    Got get em this weekend!
    In bocca al lupo!!!

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  12. That is seriously AWESOME. Such a blessing to have such special friends to put things in perspective!

    I've been a bit absent from blogworld as of late but I've thought of you and your race this weekend MANY times! You ARE ready, you DO have what it takes! Best of luck to you Beth!! I have no doubt you will give it your all. In a matter of hours you will be a HIM, an unfathomable feat to me eight now! Congrats on your journey to get here!!!! Go get 'em:)

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  13. Quite a timely post, as I was crying at my desk this morning about feeling like a failure in my training. Thanks for the reminder that I just might be ok.

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  14. That is one of the most amazing letters I have ever heard of let alone had shown to me. What a GREAT friend you have :) For some, it is the believing that is the hardest part. And it truly is the most important piece of the puzzle. Believe, Beth. And GO!!! :)

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  15. What a great friend to send you such a wonderful message - and she is right ... you are so ready! Thanks for sharing this - it was a message I needed to hear this morning!

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  16. Great timing. I needed a push back in the right direction as I have a PR to set in October. I wish you an awesome race!

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  17. Good luck this weekend, Beth. You're going to kill it, I'm sure. Just remember to go at your paces and don't get caught up chasing others. And be sure to enjoy the experience!

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  18. Very powerful message today.

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  19. Wow.

    Just wow.

    I want to be a friend like that to my friends.

    -GR

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  20. Wow - what an amazing friend to send such a beautiful and motivational email. You should tape that to the bathroom mirror and wake up every morning to read that while you brush your teeth. Every day is a "race" of some kind. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Beautiful post, wonderful friend and perfect reminder. GOOD LUCK this weekend, although you clearly don't need it. :)

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  22. That is one sweet email. And one great friend.

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  23. It is great to have friends like that. Have fun this weekend. I am excited to hear how it goes, because we ALL know you will do great!

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  24. Beth you're Amazing!!! Thnk you Thank you Thank you
    You Inspire me so much every time I read your blog!

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  25. Love that--what a great friend you have and what a great friend you must be to have her!

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  26. I don't usually comment on blogs, but this post was special. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and encouraging message with us today!

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  27. Found out this morning that my ankle is fractured. What inspiring words just when I needed it. It'll be a road to recovery and swtiching out my exercise routine from what I love most- my early mornings on the road to swimming and biking. I feel I may learn new things as well.
    You have trained and are ready..and you have a great friend.

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  28. I had written almost that exact email to you and was about to hit send when I read your post. Glad I didn't send it - that would have been embarrassing.

    Instead, I'll simply say good luck and kick a@@. Draw upon everything you've been through in the last year and let it fuel you. You are going to be a force of nature out there.

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  29. great reminder, we all need to hear that and thank God for friends that REMIND us!
    Have a GREAT race!

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  30. You are going to have a great race. See you on Sunday, my daughter and I are volunteering at the first aid station of the run. Stay hydrated it's going to be HOT.

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  31. I just copied and saved your post to read right before my first half marathon I'm training for which is exactly 3 months from today. I'm going to give a copy to my friend whose running too right before. Thank you!
    The letter and what you wrote as well is inspiring. I'm wishing you a great HIM! I don't even know you but I know you can do it!!

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  32. Right on! Thanks for the reminder - I have a 14 mile run scheduled for tomorrow, my longest ever, and am a little intimidated. I can and will do it, but my running/support life group will help! PS love your blog, don't know if I've ever commented, but any blog that talks about pooping and running, I'm in.

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  33. Very well said. Thanks for sharing!

    Good luck this weekend!!! You're going to kick some ass and I can't wait to read about it!

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  34. All of us have always been ready, if we can just get behind (TWHS) ourselves and believe it.

    Sorry I had to insert the "TWSS/TWHS" but I really do love that line! You're right! What a fantastic friend. I'm stoked for you Beth!!!!!!!!

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  35. I absolutely love how your posts run the gambit from farts to something as poignant as this post. As others have commented, this was indeed a timely post for me as well. Thank you.

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  36. Wow! Very beautiful. You are lucky to have such a thoughtful friend. Thanks for sharing this - she brings up what I too need to remember!

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  37. Good luck Sunday, I'll be tracking you from HB. I hear it's gonna be hot, but this is your 'hood and you will be prepared. I have no doubt. You have the skillz and the meddle.

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  38. What wonderful words from a wonderful friend! (I'm tearing up!)

    Have a great race this weekend! Go Beth Go!!
    You truly are an inspiration to me...so thank you!!

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  39. Awesome friend and awesome letter.

    Go get 'em, Beth!!!!

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  40. I have never posted before, but WOW...that was powerful. All of of it.
    LUCK! You'll do awesome! :)
    BTW...thanks for always cracking me up!

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  41. Heck yes! She said it perfectly. I would really like to get that same e-mail before the Chicago Marathon -- just a little FYI. :)

    Best of luck you badass mamacita! You are going to have so much fun and kick serious a$$. I used dollar signs like ke$ha, you like that?!

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  42. What great words from your friend and a great lesson for us all! Good luck...I've been following for a while and can't wait to see how it all turns out on Sunday!

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  43. Great post Beth! I cannot wait to read your race report!

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  44. Oh hellz yeah!!!! That was awesome.

    I don't remember hitting send though....hmm!!!

    Seriously, we are lucky to have you in our lives to bring us back to reality when all seems lost and forgotten.

    I CANNOT wait to refresh Ironman Live I just wish I was flying to Boulder to watch.

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  45. What a wonderful, thoughtful, TRUE message! I believe this is a case of "reaping what you sow." You've put all your amazingness (and sharts) out there, sharing generously with your friends, readers and stalkers — now that energy is coming back to hopefully help you through the race!! I'll be thinking of you on Sunday. And no matter what, remember: Your dougie be so fresh you da bomb diggity bomb bomb who can JUST KEEP GOING!!!

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  46. Wow, what a great email from an obviously wonderful friend. Hold on...I think I got a little something in my eye...

    Anyway, she's right. You've so totally got this. I truly wish I could be there to watch you race, in a totally non-stalker, supportive friend kind of way.

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  47. Hope you're still taking it easy this weekend...GOOD LUCK TOMORROW BETH!!

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  48. Uh, sorry I was incognito as ____________ in that last comment.

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  49. A very thoughtful and comforting and sweet message. Words like these just make your day, don't they?
    Thanks for sharing!

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