Transformational Running

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Running has been instrumental in my transformation into someone eager to test my limits.  I have never wanted to be just another face in the crowd.  Far too many people are comfortable with being average and mediocre.  Most runners are drawn to this lifestyle because they’re motivated to explore their limits and capabilities.

Many runners that I’ve coached the past 15 years are primarily interested in testing their physical limits at the marathon distance.  But in the process of preparing for this monumental distance, they begin discovering far more about themselves than they ever expected.  Marathon training can be extremely humbling…it reveals your limitations and weaknesses relatively early.  If you’re comfortable accepting the reality of your limitations and develop a plan to improve them, you will learn far more about your capabilities than you ever imagined.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of coaching is observing the transformation of runners from the initial kick-off to the completion of the marathon.  Frankly I have no interest in just getting runners to the finish line in relative comfort.  I’m compelled to continue coaching because I find amazing inspiration from seeing runners realize that, if they can complete a marathon (particularly Boston), they can accomplish practically anything they commit themselves to.

My greatest hope for my Marathon Coalition runners is that they are transformed from someone who simply wants to complete a marathon to believing in the importance of serving others and being inspired to spend their lives testing their physical, emotional, and spiritual limits!

  1. terri says:

    as always- well said Rick!

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