Miles:
5557 total / 0 in 2018
Goal:

To build a bridge & get over the fact that marathon/ultramarathon is not my distance but above all to run happy & enjoy the journey. To run until I'm 100 :))

Leeanne F. ran: For a few years I was...

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  • 26 miles
  • 04:59 time
  • 11:31 pace
  • 2892 calories
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  • 2759 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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great Sunshine Coast Marathon 41.7 km 04:59 11:31 pace

For a few years I was honoured & privileged to have an amazing woman called Dot as my friend. We spent many hours together talking & laughing & she helped me with many of life's problems; she really was very special to me. In 2006 she was taken from us by cancer & when we learnt how very sick she was a friend gave us all a piece of fabric to put something special on; she made the most beautiful quilt from all these pieces & gave it to Dot. I embroidered an image of the two of us sitting in our special spot under a tree. I hadn't studied the course map for today's Marathon so when I realised that it was taking me past this very spot it took my breath away & made me cry for the loss of my beautiful friend. When I first started running I said that I would run for every step that Dot would never be able to take but today I truly felt her with me, helping & encouraging me as she always did. The course was run over 4 laps so I got to run past our special spot EIGHT times, wow, it really helped me to focus & Dot put wings on my feet because I ran this around 30 mins faster than the Gold Coast Marathon. Completely by surprise this turned into such a special event for me. I feel very grateful.

  • L C

    Leeanne your report on the marathon, and about your lovely friend was simply beautiful. I love that you felt this so much more than covering the distance. What a memory for you today, and I have no doubt that Dot was with you. Congratulations!

    about 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Barb H.
    Barb H.

    Congratulations Leeanne on such a wonderful achievement. Reading this post brought such a tear to my eye for your loss but also because of the strength your friend gave you through special thoughts on the run. She would be very very very proud of you.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Lisa E.
    Lisa E.

    You've made me cry. What a good friend you each had.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Debbie F
    Debbie F

    Wow! What a great race report. Awesome tribute to your friend!

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Willem
    Willem

    Excellent run ! (PS: your gps thingy is a bit short on the distance)

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Keith H.
    Keith H.

    Beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend, Leeanne!

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Jaydub
    Jaydub

    Congratulations Leeanne. This was a journey for you today far longer than just 42.2km!

    about 6 years ago Like2 people

  • Peter H.
    Peter H.

    Every run is special...this one was more special than most.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Krister W.
    Krister W.

    Congratulations on a well performed race and thanks for sharing your experience. Sad but in the same time uplifting, also for us reading it.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • James D.
    James D.

    Ran the Air Force Marathon for my dad....these are the really special races! I'm sure your friend is smiling now!

    about 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Ian P.
    Ian P.

    Thanks for sharing. Well done on a great race.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Dan C.
    Dan C.

    Super job Leeanne.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Patrick W.
    Patrick W.

    That is amazing Leeanne. Dot was cheering you on as you ran past your spot. :) Great race.

    about 6 years ago Like

  • Karl K.
    Karl K.

    Congrats. You are an amazing inspiration. Good job!!

    about 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Andrew A.
    Andrew A.

    That's an awesome story and fantastic running. [4 laps... eek]

    about 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Pop C. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Great Marathon, Leeanne! Beautiful tribute to your friend!

    about 6 years ago

  • Ini E.
    Ini E. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    I love your report Leanne. Sounds like you had an emotional race - special, uplifting, inspiring and all. You did great my friend - Congratulations.

    about 6 years ago

  • Matt B.
    Matt B. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Awesome job Leeanne!!!!

    about 6 years ago

  • Lea S.
    Lea S. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    what a beautiful friend you are...

    about 6 years ago

  • Brian G.
    Brian G. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Great to have such an inspiration with you Leeanne and to have someone so special to remember. Great report and great run

    about 6 years ago