Wednesday, February 15, 2012

hell must be freezing over ...

I have two sisters and I absolutely love them to death. When we were growing up, we fought constantly. We were so fundamentally different that we often had a hard time seeing eye to eye. In fact, it was a miracle if we were able to grasp where the other person was coming from. It was rough and even into my late teens, I wasn't sure if we would all turn out to be friends in the end.

With our Dad, Christmas 1990

Christmas 2011

Long story short, we grew. We matured. We experienced loss. And now, we are closer than ever. Yes, we still fight. And yes, in so many ways we are still different. But, as the years pass, we seem to be getting better at seeing the other person's perspective. And unless, the other person is making a horrific mistake, we support each other 100%.

Take my love of endurance sports, for example. My sisters have always been super supportive, despite thinking I was completely insane. They have attended races, babysat so that I could train or race and cheered me on from afar. But, no matter how much I pushed it, I have never been able to get them to join me.

Until now.

A week or two ago, my youngest sister, G, started texting me that she ran a mile. Then another. And another. I told her that we should do a race. She laughed at me. Then I told her we should do a Disney race (the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, to be exact) and she laughed even harder and said something like, "10 miles is seriously far."

So, I didn't mention it again.

However, this morning, I woke up to a Facebook post from her asking me to make her a 5K plan. Last time, I checked, you don't ask for a 5K plan unless you plan on running a 5K. Score one for me.

On a different note, I am pretty sure hell is freezing over at this very moment ...


17 comments:

runninglawyer said...

I have never heard of the Tower of Terror 10 miler, but it looks pretty awesome!

My sister and I are not really close, but the thing that we do talk about the most is running. We don't always agree, but it does keep the communication between us open.

Hope you get to do a race with your sister after all!

Nicole said...

That is awesome! Congrats to your sister for starting. You will have a great time racing together.

Mustang said...

This post made me smile wide today! And I love the pic of your Dad....you look so much like him...which means your girls look so much like him too...:)

Run with Jess said...

So very cool! No one in my family runs... and they all think it's a bit crazy (and even dangerous!) And yet, when my younger brother played college football, he was a star...

Running Ricig said...

1st: that's awesome!

2nd: You guys are so pretty!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I wish I could get my father or sister behind me on my running. They both think I shouldn't so I love that your family is turning around! Nice!

giraffy said...

1. That's rad! I love convincing people to join the dark side.

2. Do Wine & Dine! Becka and I will be there!!

Randi S said...

that's totally awesome. I can't wait to run with my sisters!

Jason said...

That is flat out awesome. It takes time but people will come around.

Now to really pull her to the dark side I suggest that you tell her she needs to apply for HoneyBadger status. I mean who doesn't want to be HB?

Cynthia said...

So freaking awesome!!

When my brother told me he was running his first 5k earlier last year. I jumped at the chance to run with him and support him and and be his official photographer. I loved it!

Amber said...

This cracks me up. I have yet to get any of my family members to "come to the dark side" but I'll wait patiently and be ready to support them when they do. :) Best of luck to your sister!!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

This. Is. Awesome. I'm always shocked at how many people suddenly decide to take the first step after hearing your adventures over and over. It's contagious! Super excited to hear how this turns out.

H Love said...

Very cool! Sisters are a gift! Yay for first steps!

XLMIC said...

Woo hooo! That is seriously cool :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

It is pretty cool when a relative comes over to the dark side..... HA

Jill said...

This is awesome. I have ran with my brother recently and love it. So glad your sisters are doing this.

Christine said...

That's awesome! I hope to run a race with my sister one day.