Friday, February 7, 2014

Tomorrow

This is what I’ll be doing tomorrow. For the third year in a row:

bibforsherry

You can read Sherry’s story HERE.

I’ve had many people ask if there would be a run for Sherry this year, especially those in Montana close to where Sherry lived. So, yes, while not a formal run, we will be running. 

If you run tomorrow, maybe you could think of Sherry. When the last few miles of my long run begin to feel tough, I know that I can be tougher. Nothing could ever be as tough as what Sherry endured that day and what her family and friends continue to endure.

I will run in Sherry’s memory. I do whenever I run. But I will also run for:

  • Kindness
  • Peace
  • Safety
  • Gratitude
  • Love
  • Hope

I hate that bad things happen to people. We all do. I can’t make sense of such things, but I can learn the lesson. The lesson is to not take anyone or anything for granted. The lesson is to live life fearlessly. The lesson is to keep memories alive.  The lesson is that we are all going to die and we need to think about how we live our lives today and if it is something we can be proud of. What memories will we leave? What do we hope people will remember?

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Sherry’s mom gave this to me at her funeral.
I like to think of her all sassy in high school wearing this.
I just might wear it tomorrow.

SUAR

25 comments:

  1. I will also run in her memory. Thanks for reminding us.

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  2. My 10 will be for Sherry tomorrow. I think of her often on long, hard runs.

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  3. Beth - I will also be running for Sherry tomorrow. I will say a prayer during my run for Sherry and for my running friend Sharae. Have a good run! Brenda Ransom

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  4. I will be thinking of Sherry tomorrow! I won't be running but will be spinning and I will spin in honor of her!

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  5. Have I really been reading your blog for over three years?! I know you don't have a clue who I am, but I started reading your blog not long before this happened, my thoughts are with her.

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  6. I will be thinking of her tomorrow - hopefully on a run.

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  7. I was not really looking forward to my 16 tomorrow on snow packed streets, but thanks for the reminder. I feel bad for being a slug. I'll do them for Sherry.

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  8. I won't be able to print out this year's bib, but I've got the last couple up on my wall. I'm planning to run 13 k.

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  9. I'll be thinking of her - and you - on my run today.

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  10. Still have her bib on my treadmill. I often go to run on my mill (because I'm being lazy and don't want to go outside) then I see Sherry and I tell myself I should go out simply because I can. I think to think she knows the impact her life has made on people she never got the chance to meet.

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  11. I often think about her during some of my tough runs where I wonder why I am even out there running at all. Then I change my "I have to run" attitude to "I get to run." Life is short and unfortunately it takes reminders like this for me to change my attitude. Thank you Sherry.

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  12. We did our mini marathon training run in honor of Sherry this morning :)

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  13. I ran 12 for Sherry in blustery snowy Chicago this morning.

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  14. Running. Still on our minds for sure.

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  15. I never knew your cousin, but as a fellow teacher and runner I feel as if I did. YOUR story of Sherry's story has changed my running habits: I am more aware of my surroundings, always thinking of a plan of action if trouble arises, but NOT letting fear hold me back from what I love. When things get tough I think "I am fortunate to be able to do this. Today is a gift." Sherry is not forgotten.

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  16. Today I ran 10 for Sherry - my farthest run ever.

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  17. Thinking of your family today. I dedicated my 22 miles to sherry today.

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  18. My 4.5 were In memory of Sherry :-(

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  19. Ran 8 miles in memory of Sherry.

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  20. I snowshoed 7 miles in Glacier National Park. Didn't see any other people. Thought of Sherry.

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  21. Heading out for an 8 miler and Sherry will be in my thoughts. A group of my running buds and I did print the bibs last year and ran in her honor. It's a beautiful sunny winter afternoon here in MI and I'm sure Sherry will be smiling down on me. =)

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  22. 14 miles for Sherry. My longest run yet. I usually complain about my legs hurting, but not today! Tammy

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  23. I think of Sherry many times throughout the year. Peace be with her and her family. Thank you for helping to remind us of her life.

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