Saturday, February 20, 2010

sharing the love ...

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.

16 comments:

Allie said...

That's awesome, I'm sure they really appreciated the distraction and extra motivation.

Robyn said...

Aww great post, how fun is it to share your passion for running with others!

Sarah said...

Awesome!!! Sounds like a great experience. I am sure that you helped them get through the run by talking and that they didn't find it annoying. I love talking to other runners and am always amazed at how time flies when you talk with someone while running. How do you go about becoming certified as a running coach?

MCM Mama said...

That's awesome! I've been considering getting certified as a running coach. Can't wait to see how it works for you.

Anne said...

I can tell you I, for one, would totally appreciate the distraction! You're an amazing person and think getting certified as a coach is an excellent idea. You'll make a great coach!

misszippy said...

That sounds awesome. I'm sure they all appreciated having you there, too.

Jenn said...

I bet you would make a great running coach!! It is soo fun to inspire!!

Paige said...

It's amazing how running can change people's lives in so many ways! Lovely post!!!

ajh said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. You will be a great running coach. Is it a long process?

Cynthia O'H said...

I love coaching! Working with the kids at school, watching them build power and confidence is one of the most rewarding things that I do. It lets me give back to the running community.
It sounds like you've got many great more coaching days ahead of you.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

LOVE IT!! Cant wait for you to get certified so I can get some free coaching.. LOL!! HUGS!

Jill said...

We do appreciate it. You actually had me looking at a half-marathon after our conversation last week. Thanks for helping to push us.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

So great to share your passion! You will be an inspiring coach and a great example!

Momma Twitch said...

That's so cool! What a great way to be of service. :)

daily mom said...

you are such a sweet and compassionate woman. thank you for the motivation you give all of us.

RunHapi13 said...

You will make a fntastic coach, your passion and heart are so inspiring!