David, part of the executive leadership team at my mom’s company, is training for the Raleigh 70.3 for the third time. He has been supportive of my mom since the beginning of this journey, so I am touched that he has joined us.
Polly and Will, DP’s aunt and 11-year-old cousin (& ring bearer in our wedding), are running their first 5k ever… with us! We are going to do the Blazeman Run at Aldrich Mansion in Rhode Island in June. I’ll trike the 5k with Polly and Will and DP will be running the 10k b/c his coach is a jerk. Hopefully we’ll finally meet Jon Blais’ parents, Bob & Mary Ann.
A lot of people ask me how I am able to stay so positive. The Team Drea Challenge has become a major factor. I live vicariously through everyone’s ups and downs of training because it brings back such vivid memories for me. When good workouts helped the world make sense again and bad ones forced me to dig deeper to keep going. When I discovered I was tougher mentally and physically than I ever realized. I need those memories now.
I love hearing people tell me I “made” them get up and go to the pool when they’d rather sleep or keep running even though the weather sucked and they wanted to quit. I know those feelings too. If I — if ALS — got you to and through those workouts, then something positive is coming out of what otherwise is just meaningless tragedy. If the money raised helps find a cure, then we’re all working together to prevent unnecessary suffering and sadness. So for that I give my deepest, most heartfelt thank you.