My kids call Kate (on the right) my imaginary friend. I met her through http://www.sparkpeople.com/, a wonderful, free, healthy lifestyle website. Kate lives on the West Coast but was here on the East Coast for a visit last Christmas. I was so excited to get to meet her in person. We didn’t get to spend much time together, she was passing through Virginia on her way to somewhere else. In a blizzard. But even with the weather, she took the time to meet up with me. I’ll always thank Kate for her gift of time, not to mention what she’s done for my running. But that’s a whole other blog. Even though we’ve only spent about 15 minutes face to face, our friendship has developed on line and we’ve become close, like sisters. Kate encourages me to live a healthier life. She encourages me to eat healthier and she encourages me to run. It is Kate's voice I hear telling me to suck it up and get on with it when I know I should run but don't feel like it. It is Kate's smile I picture while I'm running and it is Kate's voice I hear lecturing me when I'm injured but want to run anyway. Merry Christmas, Kate!