International Women’s Day! It means something different to every individual woman. For me it is the aspect of women uplifting women on a daily basis – supporting each other in the highs and lows. Today I wanted to take a moment for say a special thank you to two women in particular that have changed my life in more ways than one.
- Jennifer and I met through being simultaneously coached by Katie (@Katiesfitscript) over 2 years ago now. We seemed to click right away and automatically became “twinsies” as our personalities were almost identical. Our significant other’s thought we were imaginary text buddies and really doubted if either one of us existed until Jennifer finally came to stay with me 1 year ago for Phoenix Rock and Roll. Jennifer has been my rock since I started my quest for Boston as we both started our journey at the same time and Boston Qualified within weeks of each other (told you twins). I seriously don’t know if I would have made this far without her. She gave me the confidence when I didn’t have enough myself. She supported me and always believed in me even when my doubts were overwhelming. She has been my silent cheerleader and rock to pull from when I am racing. I always know she is tracking on the other end. You don’t find friends in life often that just really get you to the core the good and the not so good qualities. A person that you can share the highs and lows of life and training with step for step. I am so grateful for this woman and seriously cannot wait to hug her in Boston it is going to a long 1.5 year wait!
- Ash and I met just last September in person when she and I both were relocated by the Airforce for our husbands jobs. I was nervous our friendship wouldn’t last past our first run especially because I had already planned on being BFFs lol. Luckily that did not happen and as fate would have it she not only became by BFF but one of my greatest blessing in my life and running. Ash is TOUGH and has determination and grit that I have never seen in a human being in my life. If anyone can fight and overcome obstacles it is her. She has taught me that I can capable of so much more than I ever believed in myself and taught me that the fight is worth it at the other end. She is my running partner in crime and also my shoulder to cry on and ear to complain to when things are just not going well. She gave me a place to call home in Ohio and a forever friend. She is truly one of my biggest blessing given to me at a time I really needed it. While fate brought us together I undoubtedly know she will be my best friend forever near or far. She is an incredible woman and seriously one of a kind. You don’t find friends or people like her often in life and I count my blessing everyday that I get to call her my best friend and running partner. I cannot wait to storm our first Boston together in just a short 40 days! I am hoping it is going to be nothing short of AMAZING!
With Love and International Women’s Day
❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)