RIP, my friend.

Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing this post to let you all know that my friend and running teammate, Stephanie, passed away early this morning with her family by her side.

Stephanie Auer

My deepest condolences to her family, friends, and also those of us in her MIT family. We love you Stephanie and we will miss you terribly. May you rest in peace, no longer suffering. 

While it won’t be the same without you in our group, I know we will find your encouraging, loving, and patient spirit running “on the trails” on Saturday mornings.

When I am struggling and look behind me, I will see you smiling and waving to keep going strong. When I am struggling, I will remember you running back to me and telling me “it doesn’t matter how fast you get there, just that you do.” When I have to walk and feel bad about it, I will remember you taking time out of your workout to walk with me. I remember laughing with you on the trails. I remember the times you invited me to breakfast, and I wish I would have gone all of those times now. I remember October when we ran the half together – our last race together. I am so thankful we have that picture of us in the ballroom beforehand. I remember looking forward to running this MIT season with you and I am sad that we did not get that chance. 

I will miss you, friend. May you find peace in Heaven and may your family and friends find peace that you are no longer suffering, but had touched so many lives, here on earth. 

Until the next mile marker,

Comments

  1. Very well said, Sara…

    It just won’t be the same without her.

    Kinda hokey, but she really is a Duane’s Angel now 🙁

  2. I am so sad to hear this. I will continue to keep her family and friends in my prayers.

  3. sorry about your friend

  4. Oh Sara, I am so sorry. This is so sad.

  5. I have such a heavy heart for you, her friends and family right now. Such a reminder of how short life is and what a gift that each moment we have on this earth is. The next time I want to give up, I’m going to think of your friend and keep going because we who have the opportunity to lace up and go, in life as well as the road, should never take a single moment for granted.

    She sounds like a wonderful person and I’m sure her spirit will live forever in the hearts of those who were touched by her.

  6. Crafty Jogger says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what her family is going through right now.

    From your blog entries, it sounds like your friend led a great life and made the most of her time here. We just have to follow her example and live each day to the fullest.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss and I offer my prays to her family. What a terrible loss of a beautiful, young woman and it sounds like she was a tremendous motivation for you.
    She will be running with you this next season, whispering encouraging words in your ear…just listen and you may hear the flutter of her angel wings!
    Shawn

  8. I’m so sorry Sara! We’ve done a lot of talking about her the last few days and even though I’ve never met her, she mad an impact on my life! 🙂

    She’ll be there with you on every run, giving you the strength to keep going.

    ((HUGS))

  9. I heard about it on the noon news when I was eating lunch at work and immediately thought of you. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss & I will continue to pray for you & her family.

  10. so sorry to hear, what an awful thing. my thoughts & prayers are with you.

  11. Unbelievably sad! You said she was just crossing the street after having finished dinner with friends when she was hit – a truly senseless death! I am just soooo sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep her family and friends in my prayers. I can’t imagine continuing with training without my training partners.

  12. I’m so sorry. Beautiful words for a beautiful friend.

  13. Forward Foot Strides says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry for your loss, I was really hoping your friend would pull through.

    Rest in peace Stephanie.

  14. I’m so sorry.

  15. I am so sorry, Sara. Oh my, I dunno what to say. I feel so sad. Your words simply moved me. Big tight hug to you.

  16. So very sorry about Stephanie. I’ll be saying a prayer for her family and you, her good friend.

  17. I am so sorry, Sara. Oh my, I dunno what to say. I feel so sad. Your words simply moved me. Big tight hug to you.

  18. So very sorry about Stephanie. I’ll be saying a prayer for her family and you, her good friend.

  19. Oh Sara, I am so sorry. This is so sad.

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