In nine days I’m running a half marathon with my dear friend Lori.

Just in case you are wondering, this post is not about ME.

The running crew.
After a ridiculously wet 11 mile long run last week.

You may recall that Lori journeyed with me last year when I went to the Big Apple to run the New York Marathon with Katie. Because of that, and many, many, many other things … I have become her biggest fan.  Lori has lost over 105 pounds and one of her major goals in life is to conquer a distance race.

So here we go. This is HER race. And we’re gonna do it… together.

Can’t you just FEEL the excitement?

Having and conquering a goal is a powerful thing. The feeling of empowerment that comes from proving something to yourself is almost indescribable.

I can’t wait to see her face when they place that medal around her neck.

Truth be told, to me she is already a winner. She has battled so many odds and still she shines. She is my hero.

Next week ‘s race is just a formality.

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” — T. Alan Armstrong

How about you? Do you have hero in your life?