Heroes. For me, I have different ones in different aspects of my life. Without even knowing it, they have a profound impact on who I am, and how I go about doing it. I have written about a lot of them throughout this blog; personally: Dr. Z, Dr. Maynard, and my mom...professionally: Jodi Allen, and in running Kara & Adam Goucher. But sometimes there is just one person that transcends everything, and is just plain a HERO in all aspects of life, for me that is Jane Cyr.
Heroine. Mrs. Cyr is everything you stereo-typically would say a hero would be....smart, tough, kind, genuine, achieved, a fighter....and a survivor. I have known her since I was very very little, she was our neighbor, my mom's close friend, and when I was little, as the youngest among everyone, I felt "my buddy". As I have grown up, I have gotten to know her beyond the lady who "liked me more then everyone else😜 (which I know is not true, but she always made me feel like I was the most important person). I came to see how accomplished she is with work and raising 3 brilliant children, how tough she is dealing with lots of hard knocks and never whining, how kind she is - absolute salt of the Earth. She's a tiny lady, but looks are deceiving! She.is.tough. And strong, and humble, and so beautifully kind.
|Here she is! If you looked up "hero" in the dictionary, you might find this picture💚|
Why cancer is picking on her, I don't quite understand. So I am doing something, which is the only thing I know how to do...I am running...for her...because I CAN. This is a tiny thing in the big picture, but it's what I can, and know how to do. I am going through some healing too, which she has helped me with, so I guess in a way it's our comeback..together. I believe in positive mental energy. I know what it's like to fight, to grind, to hang on. And so I want to channel every footstep to her. I run faster then my ability would indicate - and so that extra grind and power that most runners don't have that over the course of 5 months will maybe, just maybe contribute to her fight.
Adam & I made our race schedule, it's 3 races leading up to a Marathon, all channeling a ball of healing energy to Jane Cyr. And god willing - we both are at the line in December - (mom owning the logistics!)
I'll be wearing this on my wrist not just on race day, but every day - - a constant reminder of her strength , power, and grit.
July 30th: 5K back at Home (IL)
September 10th: Santa Monica Classic (CA)**
October 15th: Denver RNR 1/2 Marathon (CO)
December 3rd: CIM (CA)
**marketing disclaimer, all races subject to tweaking😜
I am excited and grateful to say that "stop one" on the journey started out strong! This past weekend I ran the 5K based purely on base mileage and some strength work I have been doing, and felt really good. Even splits were the goal, and just to have FUN. And I did both: I came close 6:09, 6:13, 6:04. And it felt GREAT. And a side benefit, it was good for 1st in my hometown, which was kind of fun❤️
|Hey! That's me!? 😆 Mom sent me this from the local paper the day after...Justin's 1st comment, "You and the damn watch!"|
Heroes.Always.Win. It's a rule. Good guys always come out on top. I believe in you Mrs. Cyr. I believe in your healing. And I believe you will come out on top. Every single step to CIM is for you...and my hope is somehow, someway that channels healing energy to you.