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Dear Husband - Before You Run Your First Half Marathon

Dear husband,

Before you head out to run your first half-marathon, I'd like to tell you a few things. First of all: DO NOT GO OUT TOO FAST. (I know I've already said this 20 times in the last week, but it's worth repeating ... I just want you to learn from my mistakes, OK? Also: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.)

Second, no matter how the race goes this weekend, I AM SOOOO FRICKIN' PROUD OF YOU. (Yes, the frickin' is necessary.) For I-don't-know-how-many weeks, you've been training for this and you've never once given up. Sure, not every run was perfect, but you ran anyway. You've done the work; you've taken the challenge. YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. This race is just your victory lap.

Kyle and Kenlee after a stroller training run - LOVE!
I'll be honest, just a few years ago, I could have never imagined I could run a half marathon ... let alone that YOU can run a half marathon. (I know you won't hate me for that statement because we both know it's true... smooches!) You say I've inspired you ... but you've inspired me even more, I promise. As we've gone on this journey together, I've come to realize we BOTH have more strength and potential than we could ever know. It's been an honor to watch your incredible transformation.

So, remember how blown away you felt after my first half? How you kept saying, "Holy cow, I can't believe you just ran 13.1 miles?!" Take that feeling and multiply it by about a thousand. That's how I'll feel when I see you cross the finish line Sunday. (Plus, add a few tears ... we all know I'm a cryer.) Now, take the hunger you felt after running 12 miles last weekend, and multiple it by about 100. All those endorphins will burn some extra calories, and you'll never be so happy to see chicken wing in your life. :)

Not gonna lie, it's been nice having another runner in the house. You finally understand why I spend so much money on shoes, and you no longer roll your eyes when I suggest going to Under Armour just to see what they have. I'll also never forget our first family run a few weeks ago ... even though we didn't stick together, we were still out there being active, showing our daughter exactly what it means to work hard for all your dreams.

To wrap this up ... as you head out for your first half marathon, don't focus on the finish line - instead, focus on all the work you've done to get to the starting line. That's all that matters.

We love you. You've got this.

Love,
Tami

P.S. Don't go out too fast. Don't go out too fast. DO NOT GO OUT TOO FAST! And hydrate.

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