A New Journey

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

That is one of my favorite quotes because it captures the spirit of the Boston Marathon Charity Training Program!  I will meet most of the runners tonight on the 7 education-based charities that I will be coaching for the 2011 Boston Marathon TEAM.

After 15 years of coaching runners for the Boston Marathon I know that I am about to embark on an amazing journey with this incredible group.  I have always felt entirely honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to impact someone’s life in my role as their coach.

I am fully committed to giving all that I possibly can to support and encourage them to achieve far more than they have ever imagined in 5 brief months.  It is 3:15 a.m. and, like a child before Christmas, I am wide-eyed with excitement over the beginning of this journey.  I will spend the next several hours completing a spinning workout and running,  followed by yoga in an effort to gather my thoughts for tonight’s presentation and to also be the best possible role model for them.

I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize a lesson that I learned when my running transformed from being about fast times and signficant distances to serving others; that nothing significant in life is accomplished without the help of others.  I was drawn to running in the beginning because, whatever the outcome, the responsibility and credit were entirely mine.  Ironically, as I view my running today, I feel transformed into the ultimate TEAM player.  Most of what I have accomplished in running and life has resulted from the support, encouragement and inspiration of others.

The charity runners that I have coached comprise the largest portion of that thoughtful and amazing group.  The thousands of runners that Lori and I coached at Team In Training raised tens of millions of dollars so that blood-related cancer patients were given hope and the gift of life.  The current runner’s fundraising efforts will make an incredilbe difference in the lives of everyone that will benefit from these funds; people whose lives will be enriched by having the opportunity to enhance their education.

But at the top of the list of people that have supported, encouraged and inspired me is my wife!  Lori has shown me that you can quietly go through life and make such a signifcant difference in the lives of others.  I have no doubt that I continue to love coaching because of her and the encouragement and support she’s provided me.  And everyday I’m inspired by her commitment to her health/wellness and our family as she slips out the door each morning regardless of the weather and how tired she is for her daily run.  That commitment and hard work makes her better and inspires me to be as dedicated and compassionate as she is.  I know all the first place finishes and trophies she has collected mean absolutely nothing to her; it’s the ability to inspire and serve others that is her greatest ambition.

And that is the spirit that inspires me to be the best possible coach and person that I can be!  I will try to bring that same commitment and dedication to coaching the Marathon Coalition TEAM for the 2011 Boston Marathon!

I celebrate you and all that you stand for, Lori!

Another amazing finish...divisional winner of the ING Hartford half-marathon!

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