Gabe Grunewald's Husband Justin Shares Emotional Letter to His Late Wife 2 Months after Her Death

A few months ago, American sports star, Gabe Grunewald passed away after decades of fighting cancer. Her husband, Justin still isn't over the tragedy as he takes to social media to talk about his grief.

Justin and Gabe's love for each other while Gabe was alive is undeniable. Justin was by his wife's side when she passed away, and by the looks of things, he is yet to come to terms with her death.

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Pictured: ✌️ of an estimated 50,000 people who stop by daily to see the centerpiece of NYC’s holiday décor 👉 the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!🎄🤗 . I’m sharing some #funfacts so we can all say we learned something today. 🤓 . 🌲 The tree is about 75 feet tall every year 🌲 Rockefeller Center does an aerial search by helicopter to find the ✨perfect✨ tree 🌲 The “Swarovski Star” 🌟 at the top weighs 550lbs! 🌲 The tree’s branches are lit with ~550 LED lights, requiring nearly 7 miles of electrical wire 🌲 After the holiday season the tree is cut up and given to Habitat for Humanity as lumber! 👏 . #christmasthings #nyc #rockefellerchristmastree #holidaytourists #happyholidays #cool #wow

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Four days ago, Justin took to Instagram to share a picture of the late sports star. In the photo, Gabe, whose full name is Gabriele Ivy, is geared up looking relaxed in a sportswear.

Surrounded by greenery, the award-winning runner waved and brightly smiled as she jogged. The snap is one reminiscent of Gabe's beautiful and charming personality and how it seems to draw people in.

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Hi! 👋 I took a social media break for most of December because —> holidays are just kinda hard sometimes (cancer or not). I’ll be back sharing more of the journey in 2019! 🥳 . Much love and thanks to @emilymcdowell_ for perfectly articulating how I feel this New Year’s Eve with the toast below. 🥰🥂 . A toast to the old you: If you feel inspired to use the new year to help you reset or change habits: great. And yet: The old you has survived every terrible day, every hard thing, every awful circumstance, and every heartbreak you’ve ever felt. The old you is a fighter. And that’s worth celebrating. — Emily McDowell . (Photo is old me by @kohjiro_kinno, swipe for original post from @emilymcdowell_.) . Happy New Year! 🎊 Cheers to YOU! xx Gabe

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However, what made the post a very emotional and sentimental one is Justin's lengthy post, which had him explaining how great his grief is. Justin started:

"Day 68, @gigrunewald, and I think I miss you more. Honestly, every day hurts differently. It hurts in the same places, right over the the heart, and in the back of the throat."

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Day 68, @gigrunewald, and I think I miss you more. Honestly, every day hurts differently. It hurts in the same places, right over the the heart, and in the back of the throat. Every day, at some point, I’ll excuse myself to the bathroom, to outside, or to our bedroom, when the pain builds up enough that I have to cry. It’s always the same but it’s always different. Some days it comes in multiple short increments, some days it lasts hours. It’s always easy to let it out at the cemetery where we chat. Honestly, the pain feels so much better than the numb feeling that can mix in. The numb is scary. Running gives me a chance to control the pain. Sometimes, it still breaks through, and I can cry on the run which is beautifully miserable. Hyperventilating while trying to run faster. Thanks for making me run through it all; it probably saved me. I’ll keep running. And I’ll keep reminding myself, as I have every day since the last time I held your hand, that it’s ok to struggle, but it’s not ok to give up. I’ll remember that every day for the rest of my life when it gets hard. And it does. #bravelikegabe #runningonhope

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He further shared that the pain still becomes so overwhelming that he has to find private places to cry. Justin also honestly admitted that the pain "feels so much better" than the feeling of numbness. He emotionally wrote:

"The numb is scary."

Justin's emotional sentiments while writing this can only be imagined. He, however, shared that running as he used to do with Gabe helps him control the pain. Sadly, sometimes even that isn't enough, but Justin describes that as "beautifully miserable."

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Happy Birthday to THIS GUY, my better half, fave training partner, craft beer aficionado, trail running beast, the one & only @justingrunewald1! 🤗🍻🎉 The greatest blessing of my life is knowing you and being your wife. ❤️ . Justin had hoped to ring in 33 with another trail race at @thenorthfaceecs this weekend, but with the race rightfully canceled due to the devastating fire situation in Northern CA, we will be visiting and spending time (mainly indoors or with N95 masks 😷) with friends instead. It is awesome to see @thenorthfaceecs donating the race nutrition/resources to relief efforts in addition to the $30,000 prize purse! We hope to be back to run/spectate this event in the future but for now we are donating and sending our prayers to so many Californians affected by the wildfires. 💔 . See you soon @malvanessel @esselbro @ladiahallie @adamcfrye @abigailande! We will make the most of the weekend together! ❤️ (UPDATE: we are getting out of Bay Area due to worse than expected air quality and heading toward Tahoe. 👋) . #happybirthday #thenorthfaceecs #tnf50 #sanfranbound #friendsgiving #lovetocalifornia

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He wrote concluding the lengthy post:

"I'll keep running. And I'll keep reminding myself, as I have every day since the last time I held your hand, that it's ok to struggle, but it's not ok to give up. I'll remember that every day for the rest of my life when it gets hard. And it does, #bravelikegabe #runningonhope."

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1 + 4 = 5... 🤔 So yep, we pretty much had to climb a 14er together today here in Summit County to celebrate 5 years of marriage. 💕 . And I guess you could say we’ve found that marriage itself is kind of like climbing a 14er, truthfully. 🤓 Fun, exhausting, beautiful, challenging, but ultimately very much worth it. “I wouldn’t want to fall off the side of a mountain with anyone but you.” — @justingrunewald1. Agree 1000%. But glad we didn’t. ❤️🤣 Also this 14er is supposed to be “easy” and I would like to submit an opposing view. 😅 . Special thanks to our fave band @thenational for playing shows in cool places the week of our anniversary two years in a row! We had an incredible time at @redrocksco on Tuesday. 🤩 . #anniversary #fiveyears #14ersofcolorado #quandarypeak #colorado #octoberisthebest #sleepwellbeasttour #bravelikegabe

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The post garnered comments that were just as emotional as Justin's post as netizens shared words of comfort. It is a testimony of how much people have come to care for Gabriele who chronicled her tenuous battle with the rare metastatic cancer.

Through it all, the runner still competed and her 13 inches long scar was one that was rarely missed on the track. Her strength was one that many found admirable and soon, Gabe garnered herself a significant increase in social media followers.

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Gonna need you guys to send me some extra #Brave vibes tonight as I am so, so very bummed that I won’t be able to make it to the @bravelikegabe 5k tomorrow — because I am in the hospital with an infection and need a procedure done bright & early in the AM. Literally the worst timing ever but I’m working with an all-star crew of friends, family, sponsors, and the ACCRF to make sure it’s a great race in St. Paul. . It’s not lost on me that maybe this is one of the most poignant ways to show just how critical research is. Cancer is nothing if not incredibly inconvenient and we need more options. I wish I didn’t have to show it in this way because there’s so many people I’d love to meet and catch up with tomorrow (including my grandma who I don’t see very often ❤️). . But I’m gonna be brave and fight these fevers and hopefully the procedure will help me out big time. 🙏 Prayers very much welcome. . Have a heck of a time out there and celebrate what you’ve helped support and accomplish through the research grant! So overwhelmed by the love and I can’t wait to hear the recap. ❤️ #bravelikegabe5k #bebrave #rarecancerresearch

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With that much attention on her, she founded the organization "Brave Like Gabe" to fund research and raise awareness surrounding rare cancers through local races.

May her soul rest in peace.

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