Amy was the one who inspired me to start running. I can distinctly remember the day that she told me that she was joining Team in Training to run her first half marathon. Back then, I thought she was crazy for wanting to run 13 miles. But her dedication and her passion for running was infectious, and I clearly caught the bug. And more than that, I would say most of the things I know about running I've learned from her, including being introduced to the running and healthy lifestyle blogs that I follow daily.
Although waking up every Saturday at 6am to run anywhere from 6-13 miles is never easy, there is a big part of me that looks forward the early morning wake up call because it means that get to spend uninterrupted time with Amy. We talk about everything under the sun and many mornings, the miles seem to tick by without us hardly noticing. And on the days that we do notice the miles, we encourage each other to keep going; we almost never let each other stop, but rather push one another further until we finish. I think that's just how we are as friends- there's no cattiness or jealousy, no undermining or fakeness. I think we just want to see each other succeed.
So as much as I'm going to miss my incredible, amazing, beautiful friend Amy, I'm so excited for her new adventure in life. She's heading to North Carolina to be closer to her family, to support her husband in his career, and to make a name for herself among all those healthy living bloggers down south ;)
Despite the fact that there are no races in my future until November, when Amy asks, I'll suggest that we run eight or nine on Saturday because I know it will mean an hour and a half of time together. Until mid-July, I'll cherish those miles. And in her moving, the silver lining is that I won't have to say goodbye, but instead will get to say, "See you in, November."