💙Strap in because this is going to be emotional.❤️
I signed up to run in the Inaugural Avengers Half Marathon back in 2014 and it completely changed my life. I had never run a half marathon before and I didn't really think that I could. I proved to myself that day that I was capable of far more than I knew. RunDisney means everything to me now. Training for and finishing the races last year got me through a very dark time in my life when I had lost myself.
Today was hard. I held back tears several times throughout the course by reminding myself, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." I am so so eternally grateful to my running buddies who got me through every race; to my number one cheerleader, my mom, who came to every single half marathon; and last but not least to my entertainment/Photopass family (only a small fraction of you are pictured) who not only captured my victories but cheered me on to get me there.
To those of you struggling to find your support group, I promise you they're right in front of your face. But you have to be the first person to root for yourself or you'll never hear their cheers. 🌟