There are few people in this world that truly love what they do. Yes, I get to run for a living and that's all fine and good. But it's the connections with people from all walks of life that really does it for me. Running is the great connector, the common ground for so many people. I am so very honored that people choose to share their experiences, goals and accomplishments with me. It's a privilege to be a part of that experience and to have the trust of my runners to help them reach their goals. When I see them cross a finish line, either in person or virtually, it's my accomplishment too. When they reach their goals, they're my goals too. They're my little chickadees and when they find their wings and soar, it's a beautiful thing.
The weather was great: chilly at the start, mostly overcast and little wind. Though my half marathoners did get some higher temperatures and humidity as the race went on. You wouldn't know it was difficult for any of them, though. They all performed so well! All my runners did an absolutely fabulous job. I had tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my skin all morning.
I'm always sad when a program ends. It's bittersweet, really. I'm so happy at all everyone has accomplished. I'm a proud mama seeing all her babies leave the nest. But I'm sad that I won't be seeing them as regularly as I was. I know I'll see them all again and we'll run together often. But a running program and the participants are always special to me. We become friends and a little team, working together for a common goal. I love these kids and I'll miss them!
|The 5K and 10K runners kicked some major booty!|
The half marathoners were just so impressive. They did such
an amazing job! So proud of everyone!