Santa Barbara International Half Marathon – check!

  I can now check this off my list…this completes my 10th marathon this calendar year, and what a beautiful run it was!

I was thinking this morning that by the time I have completed my goal of 12 half marathons in one calendar year I will have traveled to 5 different states to run.

This run was special for many reasons.  I dedicated this run to my dear friend Teresa Thomas who lost her battle to breast cancer nearly a year ago.  She loved Santa Barbara and I was ran I thought of her.  I remembered her spirit and passion for life. 

She was not only an amazing friend but such a wonderful person, we had talked about training and running a run together when I was still living in San Jose, but unfortunately that never happened. 

Teresa was diagnosed with breast cancer just before she turned 50 and passed away at the age of 51.  As I ran the 13.1 miles I could feel her presence cheering me on and pushing me to run strong.  On mile six as I was crossing over a wooden bridge with a creek below I broke down and wept for the loss of my dear friend.  I cried not just for me, but for her grandson that will be born soon, for her other daughter that she won’t get to see graduate from college, for her husband, her sisters and her mother.  She left behind so much.

I am so fortunate that Teresa came into my life.  She touched me deeply and for that I am forever grateful and forever changed. 


1 Comment to “Santa Barbara International Half Marathon – check!”

  1. Tammy, I’m sure that your friend Teresa treasured your friendship as much as you did hers. Your tribute to her, her sppirit and passion for life is a beautiful story. I hope that as much as you encourage us, your students, to write our memoirs, you are working on your own story – the one beyond “Fig On A Stick”. Don’t let it stop there. And please do it while Melitis and I are still around to read it!

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