I internalize everything. I feel the pain of others as if it were my own. It is a great way to live and a terrible way to live. When you tell me you hurt, I hurt. When you are happy, I am happy. One mean comment can wreak havoc on my life because I think and think and think. I want everyone to love me, but be a strong person at the same time. I am not a people pleaser but I want people to be happy.

For the past couple of months, I had a pit in my stomach thinking about the Great Pumpkin Race Day. I wanted the race to be perfect for the volunteers, perfect for the runners. I was worried I was not going to have enough people help out. Wednesday afternoon I turned it over to the Lord. I prayed that all would go smoothly and according to plan and that I would have enough volunteers to make it happen. The pit was gone.

What ended up happening was that I had MORE than enough. MORE MORE MORE. So many so, that volunteers were probably bored at times, or worse yet were subjected listening to me tell nonsense stories for hours to keep myself and them entertained.

I want to say a GIANT – HUGE – ENORMOUS thank you to everyone who came out this morning to help out!!! You are so appreciated and I hope that you had as good of a time as all the little kids running in costume did.

There are times that words do not feel like enough to say how thankful I am. Today is one of those days.

Happy 8th of October!!! One more week till Columbus Marathon :)


  1. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    I am so happy it worked out so well for you and I am sure the volunteers all had a great time, even if they were not all as busy as you planned them to be.

    Volunteering is a gift and you did a wonderful thing organizing this and providing the opportunity for others to give a piece of themselves.

    But alas, I understand that pit in your stomach, that worry when others hurt. Empathy is a wonderful thing and I am so glad I have it, although it does hurt at times.

  2. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    yeahhh so happy that everything worked out!!! It's hard not to internalize, but oh man if the past year of struggles has taught me that I just can't control life.

  3. Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) says:

    Great job! I heard it was a wonderful race.

  4. Glad to hear that everything went well and that you can relax now.


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