A couple of weeks back I did a post on my future marathon goal. It was inspired by a facebook post that Josh Cox had posted.

I laid my dream of one day running a 3:10 out there. HEY JOSH COX: HERE IS MY DREAM

As fate would have it National Marathon was bought by the Rock N Roll Marathon series. Josh Cox happens to be the USA 50K record holder, a record he set at a Rock N Roll race. Again as fate would have it, they flew in Josh Cox for the big announcement.

I was SUPER excited.

I wanted to print out my blog posting, meet Josh Cox in person and have him sign my post.[Read Post HERE] Unfortunately Baby C got sick and a friend threw together a last minute birthday gathering for another friend of mine, who also happens to be a runner. Hubby could have taken care of baby C and my friend would have understood that I already had plans — but something inside told me that they were both more important than trekking down to DC. I was bummed my plan did not work out, but was okay with it.

A couple of days later I got an email from one of my blog followers, Natalie. She had contacted Josh Cox, told him my story and asked him if would consider sending me a poster or something. Admittedly she did not expect a response back from him.

His response was amazing. He would be more than delighted to sign a poster or print out my blog post, whatever she thought I would enjoy. When I got her email I had tears in my eyes. I no longer cared about the poster, or Josh Cox[no offense Josh]. I was beyond touched that someone who I only know virtually had done such a thing for me. I also smiled because I knew that this was God’s way of telling me that when you make the RIGHT choices in life, you are rewarded with more than you could ever imagine.

I wrote Natalie and said I was happy with whatever, in fact I was happy with nothing more than her email telling me what she had done. That same week a tube arrived on my front porch. What had I ordered? When I saw the return address label, I freaked. I ripped it open to find a poster and my printed out blog posting. Both were signed.

I immediately ran out the to the store and got frames for both. I added them to my expanding collection of running posters and articles I have written. Every time I look at them I am happy for a number of reasons.

1. The kindness of strangers is never to be underestimated.

2. As writers and bloggers our words are powerful. We do not know who is reading what we write, we need to be responsible in what we say, knowing that we can have a positive or negative effect on others.

3. Josh Cox rocks. What a nice guy. I wish him, his wife and his baby son, nothing but the best in life.

4. Natalie runs for soldiers who sadly can no longer run. Check out her blog. As a political science major you would think I would enjoy talking politics. I don’t anymore. No matter what you think of the president, this war, or the choices our leaders make — you can still take time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for ours.

5. God is good. John 3:3-8

Thank you Natalie and Josh! You both are AMAZING.


  1. This is the coolest thing ever! Thanks for sharing this amazing gift (in all its iterations)

  2. eliz@thesweetlife says:

    How awesome! What a great gift from a friend.

  3. Josh is a class act. I met him while on vacation in Mammoth Lakes this summer. We raced a road mile against each other, and he kicked my butt, but afterwards took the time to chat w/ me and told me that I have what it takes to run an OTQ marathon, which was inspiring to hear him say that. He is a great role model, and he truly LOVES the sport of running!

  4. Very awesome. How cool that he took time to do that! I also agree, you'll get 3:10! :)

  5. Racingtales - Alison Gittelman says:

    Nice! Your wall looks awesome. And I was just kidding when I said he might be a dork. :)

  6. That is so cool! I am officially a Josh Cox fan. I need a room for running posters!

  7. Stephanie says:

    This is why i love bloggers they are so amazing and do the nicest things! This is totally awesome :) :) yay for blogging once again :)

  8. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    Such a wonderful story! I love that and am so happy for you. Josh and Natalie are amazing and so are you!!!

  9. I don't know if it is cold in here today, but I just got the chills! That is really awesome!

  10. Carolina John says:

    That is so cool! Wow, what a fantastic guy.

    Blog friends are the best.

  11. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    That is so awesome! I am so happy for you!!

  12. That is awesome! What a wonderful friend to do that for you. Yes, God is Good :)

  13. Beautiful!!!!!! I love this and the fact that he quoted a bible verse makes me respect him even more! You deserve it!! What an amazing gesture by Natalie too. I love this blogging world! you are all so fantabulous!

  14. {will run for margaritas} says:

    LOVE this!! So amazing. And yes, God is GOOD!! xo

  15. Is it weird that I'm blushing?!

    Girl, I did this for you because you have, and CONTINUE to inspire women of all ages. You are so real – you share the good, the bad and the ugly – and we all appreciate that.

    Oh behalf of the blogging community, I'd to say yet again, a resounding THANK YOU!!

  16. Marisa @ The Pace of my Life says:

    How cool! God is good!

  17. Affordable Insurance says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing gift! That is awesome!

  18. Okay, that is just awesome!

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