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June 17, 2013

Happy Dad’s Day

I have the best Dad.

Everyone says that but really I do have the Best Dad.

I spent Fathers Day morning on a 5 mile run with my dad. It’s kind of our thing, he’s the best running partner. Every early Sunday morning we meet halfway between our houses and go on a long run. anywhere from 6 to even 10 miles when we are training for our half marathons. I’ve always had  a love/hate relationship with running, somedays the last thing I want to do is get up early and put on my running shoes. Like really.. it would be soooo much easier to hit the snooze and get the extra hour of sleep.

But if it’s one thing that my Dad has taught me, that dedication and hard work pay off. I absolutely Love our long runs together. I look forward to them all week. We talk about anything and everything, from crazy traffic, to solving world problems. He listens to me ramble about my latest etsy order and I listen to him talk about his latest construction job. Totally different worlds but in some way we understand eachother. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing role model.

I love that we run.. but I also love that we run together. We have this special bond and running has brought us closer together. Constantly pushing eachother to be better and seeing who can sprint to the finish line first. I wouldn’t trade the early mornings and lack of sleep for anything. I am truly blessed with a great Dad!

“Through your eyes I’ve seen God’s love, in your words I’ve heard his wisdom and through your life I’ve found his grace”
– author unknown

I love that quote and it sums up my dad perfectly. He has taught me to be a better person, to never give up and to always put God first.

-At the St.Augustine 10K this past year

-One of my favorite runs with my dad, in a state park & my parents dog Rock. Hes our little running partner too!


-Our 9 mile run during the end of our training for the last half marathon we did. We talked about the 9 mile “bridge run” for 3 months… and we finally did it! OMG it was sooo intense! My legs were jello the next day, but it was so awesome when we finished. We ran all three bridges in st.augustine, a little over 9 miles. It felt great!


-My dad, and sister and I after finishing the Gate River Run (9 mile race) this past march.


-This picture was from a couple weeks ago after a 6 mile run my dad and I did together. It was a special run for two reasons,
1- It was the day after my birthday.. and the best present I got was a long run with my dad.
2- It was also the same day as my grandma’s memorial service. After months of struggling with cancer  and a week of being by her bedside in Hospice, when she passed it was surreal. In face its still surreal, its been a month and a half and I still feel like I can just pick up the phone and call her. She was an amazing woman and I think my dad and I both needed a long run together to process our emotions. It was a very hard day, but spending the morning with my dad and making new memories together was just what we needed. Losing a loved one is never easy, in fact it is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. But seeing how it brought my family so much closer together, makes it slightly easier. Just slightly.. but somedays that’s what get me through.


-Okay I just have to show a pic of my amazing grandma too! Without her I wouldnt have my awesome family. She had 5 kids, 6 grandkids and 9 great grandchildren. She was an amazing woman who left behind an amazing legacy.

-This picture was taken just a couple months before my grandma passed, at our family picnic. All six of her grandchildren together at one time. We live in different states, but we all got together for this one picnic. When we took this picture I never thought it would be the last picture we all had of her together with the family. Its funny how that happens, you never really know your in a “moment” until its gone. But we have some pretty amazing pictures / memories from our big picnic.


I am truly blessed with a great family, and I thank God every day for that.

I never thought something as simple as running would bring my dad and I so close. But it makes us better, and makes us try harder, in everything not just running.

So go on.. slap those running shoes on and grab a partner! You never know where it will take you 🙂


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  • Margaret Christo

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    June 19, 2013 at 11:14 am Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Aw thanks Margaret!! I LOVE your blog too!! Def a must follow!

      June 19, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply
      • Margaret Christo

        Thanks so much. Will be following your blog too.

        June 19, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply
  • Rhonda Sittig

    Love this post. Your Dad does look like a warm, wonderful man. So glad you appreciate him so much– My father has passed on to heaven and I miss him all the time. thanks for this post…

    July 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Thank you Rhonda! I am extremely blessed with amazing parents. I only live 45 min away from them so I definitely take advantage of having family time. I am sorry to hear about your father, there is no replacement for a great dad. I’m sure you have wonderful memories of him!

      July 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

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