Since February seems to be the month of reflection over here, this topic fits right in.
Tell us about one person in your life who has inspired you to Make Yourself healthy and fit?
Which pretty much was interpreted to me as: who was your first running idol?
As I have said before, when I started blogging I really didn’t know much about the blogging community or that one even existed. I honestly didn’t really know much about the running as a sport either, or who the big runners were. I didn’t know who had won the Olympics or who the top contenders were in any of the big marathons. I really didn’t have anyone to look up to as my running idol, and as a new runner, I definitely needed one.
A few weeks into running and blogging, I started searching the internet for running blogs, specifically ones in the bay area, and stumbled upon a couple, one of them being Running Stories (now creating space), written by Jen. She had been blogging for a few years, was training for her second Boston marathon, and was a very experienced runner, especially in my newbie eyes.
I read her blog for a few weeks before commenting, and distinctly remember being kind of freaked to comment on hers, but I did and it was the first blog I had ever commented on (yes I found it!):
I was one of the ones running by on Sunday it was my first real "race"… I am training for my first marathon right now so I love reading your blog and seeing what I will hopefully be able to accomplish down the road!! Great job on your runs!
It didn’t take long for the back and forth comments to start, she always had something encouraging to say or some great advice to pass along to me. I read her blog all the time for advice on marathons, for bay area routes and just generally for inspiration for what I wanted to be as a runner.
After my first marathon, we were training for the same marathon, my first CIM. She told me all about the course and gave me some advice on choosing a marathon training plan, and ended up being a big reason I got into the Pfitz programs.
Anytime I had a doubt, question or just general wondering I could go to her for a good answer and I definitely considered her to be like a coach to me. We ended up meeting in real life for the first time that weekend of CIM and actually ran the last couple miles of that painful marathon together. She was also there when I had my first big race heartbreak at Eugene and definitely had some helpful words to help mend my broken heart.
Since then Jen has not only become like a coach to me, but she has become one of my very good friends. Whenever I have a doubt about myself, feel bad about something, need to vent or just need a little bit of a cheerleader, I know I can count on her. When I get excited about a random little run that really boosted my confidence, she knows exactly where I am coming from. We just tick the same when it comes to running and training, and I know she understands exactly how I feel.
Over the years, she has become a constant source of inspiration to me, especially as I have watched her change her focus over the last year. She makes me want to work hard, she makes me want to be a better runner, and even more so, she makes me want to be a better person and live life to it’s fullest.
Thank you Jen for being all of those things to me. For being my very first running idol, turning into incredible supportive friend and being my kindred spirit in running.
Do you have a running idol? Do you remember your first one?