This one is for you - I'm running the race for you. It's for you. And in case you didn't know it, I will detail it here (and on race day, I'll ink it on my arm, too)...I'm a shameless copycat, stealing this idea from Kate.
Mile 1 - My parents get the first mile since they got me going in life - I'll be most excited and it should be the easiest. Doesn't that just make sense the tribute should be theirs when I'm still happy and hopeful?
Mile 2 - For Scott, I'll think about our lakeside run and how you keep it steady during life's highs and lows (and that you and me are Kate's go-to people when things get tough).
Mile 3 - For Austin, who was born to run; you provided our training program and lots of advice when we were hurting and not once did you laugh at our little complaints about distance or pace.
Mile 4 - For Kelly, we are in it for the long haul, the long run; you'll be waiting at the finish line without a hint of impatience, even though you crossed an hour earlier. Thanks for the carb-loading dinner last night!
Mile 5 - For my sibs. I've chased after you my entire life...you got me ready for today's challenge and like this mile, you've always reminded me I've got a good long way to go before I have arrived.
Mile 6 - For my friends - Karen and Liz and Lisa and Virginia and Lynnette - like this run, I will never forget you and what you've taught me about going the distance.
Mile 7 - For Joe, who would remind me that I'm over half way finished and then provide socio-statistical analysis to make me feel my best.
Mile 8 - For my Godchildren, Stepchildren and Sibs-in-Law - I could've been more and done more but I'm simultaneously proud and hurting - this mile reflects that.
Mile 9 - You've warned me the tough stuff is coming, Kate. We always, always give each other the heads up on anything ugly and then just plow through the pain. I know what's coming because of you.
Mile 10 - This is purportedly the toughest mile. You get the tough one, Shawn. You always have and you always will. But just remember that I'm by your side and trying, too (maybe not smiling, but I'm trying).
Mile 11 - For Laurie, you are watching my progress and cheering me on...virtually but very much on time, just like you've always done, never missing a step with me.
Mile 12 - For Matt, you gave me a lot of great running tips and got me here (and you're waiting for me by the fountain, I hope). And you told me we get extra calories today. You set high goals and today I did, too!
Mile 13 - This one is for me, babe. It's almost the finish line. I've got it. It's all mine.