This morning (and the past few Saturdays), I helped out with a 10K training team held each winter by Stroller Strides Richmond. This year, the group is comprised of over 40 women (most if not all, mothers) who are tackling the challenge of running. Some for the first time. Some after a long absence. Some who caught the running bug during our fall 8K training.
Today's run was two and a half miles - a distance that I'm sure some of them thought was impossible just a few short weeks ago. I was assigned to run with the lead group of beginners, which gave me a great opportunity. As the first finisher, I had the chance to go back and run several different women to the finish. With each person I picked up I asked them about their running and how it was going, then proceeded to talk their ear off until we got back to the start. (I really hope this served as a distraction for them and wasn't just super annoying.)
While I was running back each time, all I could think about was the fact that I just LOVE running. And with each person I ran in, I was getting to share this love. To help show them that they can be runners. That something so simple can make you feel so amazing. So accomplished. And that right there is why I am getting certified as a running coach. To inspire and to be inspired.