Please be in the hearts and the souls of all the runners running today. Allow us to accept the things we cannot change such as the weather, our past training, our current level of fitness and health. Help us to have the courage to see how far we can go, to test our limits, and to overcome mental hurdles. Give us the wisdom to know the difference between what is in our control and what isn't so we can run smart, listen to our bodies, and to be strong and safe. I ask that all race coordinators and volunteers are safe and happy and receive the appreciation and respect that they deserve.
On a personal level, I know my running is a gift from you. I will cherish each step and run in your honor. I will remember why I am running and that it is what my spirit is meant to do. With you, I will run my best but not be tied to preconceived notions of what is a good or bad time because any run in your honor is good. I will remember my Dad and cherish that he is pain-free in Heaven but greatly missed on Earth.
I thank you for my ability to run as it makes me a better person and a better mom.