Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One Woman's Story: Women Run Walk Memphis

By: Dana

Last night as we began our second training run for Women Run Walk Memphis, I looked around at the women in our group wondering why are these women here? As a coach of this amazing group, the most important job I have is to motivate the runners and keep them moving towards the finish. We aren't into the fundamentals or the effort sessions yet, right now we are running together and getting to know our runners.

I have already met some incredible ladies, but tonight as we set out for our run, I found myself next to a runner I had not meet before. Her story truly inspired me.

We started talking causally, but quickly she started sharing her "why" for being there. She and her husband have set out on a weight loss journey, and together they have lost over 100 pounds! Her husband is now a marathon runner and although she has completed a marathon, she doesn't consider herself a runner. Her words were, "Yes, I finished, but I walked a lot. I rested a lot, but I still didn't feel like a runner." She said then she was only out there to support her husband, but now she wants it for herself. Three and a half miles later we were coming to the end, and she looked at me and said, "I can do this, can't I?" Before I could respond she thanked me for the encouragement and for sticking with her. Honestly, I did not say much to her last night. I reminded her that running isn't about your pace or the distance, it's that you are putting one foot in front of the other no matter how hard it is. Just being there and listening is all she needed from me at the moment.

This is just one of many stories I hope to be able to share with you. Setting out on this adventure with these ladies, my hope was to encourage and help them meet their goals. I was quickly reminded that I too would be encouraged by these brave women setting out to do what they consider the impossible.

Their stories, their reasons, there's a whole world of stories of "why I run".  I'm so honored to be able to share in their journey with them.

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