There are days when something strikes you and really touches your heart. Yesterday was one of those days. I set out for my last TRIPLE before Hood to Coast. Today I was planning to write a recap of my 3 runs.. .Instead I want to talk about TRANSFORMATION.
Do you know my friend Kerrie at Mom vs. Marathon HERE? If not, you should. This lady is making GREAT strides with limitless potential and a new found confidence. I clicked around Tall Mom looking for the post about our first run together....I couldn't find it..
What I remember is that Kerrie was AFRAID.. Afraid to run with me, afraid to test her own limits, she was happy and wonderful to be around, but running was not YET her "thing." She has worked through injuries, focused on weight loss and strength gain, and smiled through her FIRST MARATHON.. and guess what??
This lady has had a total TRANSFORMATION.. I drove to Kerrie's Office yesterday to Coach her through a TOUGH Speedwork session. As her Coach I knew that this Tempo Run would be a little daunting. With sub 8:00 pace as the goal for 3 miles, I wanted to make her SWEAT and work HARD to keep her pace. I offered to meet her, and at first she turned me down. I was HAPPY when I got the AM text that she wanted to meet up. SCORE.. Her Recap is funny!! She called my legs "joyful" which is pretty true...I felt GREAT!!
I am NEW to coaching people at Running, I felt like I was talking the whole time. The first repeat was GREAT! Second repeat I could tell Kerrie was pushing it to the extreme, her breathing was a little labored, but this was meant to be a challenge. The last repeat was a crazy weave down, up, on uneven pavement, over the weirdo sidewalk..I had a tough time keeping our pace solid as I lead us we finished right where she needed to be. This Tempo run was PERFECT!! There was no sign of the Kerrie I first met, this is a new person, a complete TRANSFORMATION. I can't wait to see the places she will go. I am guessing we will be racing for 5K AG placing in local races :)
I also have a TRANSFORMATION at home!! Muscle Man has always been supportive of my Running. We have raced together and gone on countless Family Runs... he came along to be with me but never seemed fully engaged. But yesterday it HIT ME.. He is a Runner, he wants to Run!!! No longer is he running just to be with me and make me happy. We got up to 10 miles together, him pushing the Little Studs, he raced a 10K and then suffered an injury. This knee injury has made him upset because he WANTS TO RUN!!I look forward to Running with my Husband! I am trying to plan what 2012 will look like for my Running.. I go back and forth... To race? To challenge myself? To push my goals aside and BE with my Husband and boys??
These and other TRANSFORMATIONS have changed me too. I am a coach!! I am part of a Runner Couple!! And I am EXCITED!!!!!!!!