Crossing the finish line at the Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon was a very emotional time for me and it was captured in a picture that has been viewed more than 17 thousand times so I feel the need to share the story behind the moment.
The pride I felt hitting that finish line was unlike anything I’ve felt before. I was amazed that I had pushed through my fear of failure and self doubt and accomplished my goal of running 10k straight. A few Team Myles members had arrived before me and we were all hugging, high fiving and taking pics in joyful bliss.
That’s when it happened……. Devin was also right there to cheer us in. He came over to me giving me a huge hug and as he told me how proud he was of me he kissed the top of my head. I lost it and the tears started. Devin had just done exactly what my dad would have. I missed him so much at that moment I couldn’t keep it together. For those of you who don’t know I lost my dad suddenly last year and part of my motivation for running the 10k at this years Bluenose was the fact that a month before he died I had jokingly said I would do it. Dads response was “you can do anything you set your mind to. I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see you cross that finish line.” Dad wasn’t there in person but he was in my heart and I had tied one of his hankies around my wrist to have a physical connection to him. It came in handy once the tears started but that was my dad, always taking care of me.
I sent the picture to Devin in a private message thanking him for all his support throughout the training process and for his kind words at the finish (we had a talk about dad as I was sobbing) and thought that was it but he decided to share the picture with the world. At first I was a bit mad and embarrassed that my “ugly cry” picture was out there for all to see but I’ve come to realize that maybe it’s not a bad thing. When I look at that picture now I don’t see an “ugly cry” but a strong woman who just accomplished a goal she never thought she could and she did it for her dad.