One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that someone believes in you. There are times in life that you really don’t think that CHANGE is possible. Knowing that you have someone in your corner and supporting you makes all the difference in the world. That’s what I had in my friend!


This is Cathy!  (The “Phenom”)

I’ve known her for about 14 years!  she was my initial motivation to run a marathon.


This is her in the last mile of her first full 26.2 mile marathon.


She always had encouraging words for me…  not sure if you can read the sweet message that she wrote to me back in 2001-2002… (click to enlarge)

We’ve spent hours and hours talking about working out, eating good food, and me wanting to make a change!  We’ve checked in with each other almost daily for YEARS with our work outs…


She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.

When I thought I would never get to the other side.


I hated this pic…. another wake up call that I needed to make a change!!


The first time we had seen each other since I lost about 25 lbs!!



It’s great to have certain people in come into your life that are a joy to be around.

She is the kind of person I would like to become.  Very happy, motivating and uplifting!
I am so thankful that I had her as a friend back then… very non judgemental.


Last year, we were able to go running together for the first time in quite a while.  We’ve lived in separate cities, she had her second baby, and we just haven’t been able to run a race in a while.  I went out to her place and we ran a quick 5 miles together. Oh how the times have changed.  It was so cool to be able to catch up, enjoy an early morning run, and realize how much I have changed….. both inside and out.  Thanks Cathy!!!!!  :)