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.