Sweet Anticipation

Posted: April 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

I arrived at the Hynes Auditorium just before 1:00 p.m. and didn’t leave until after 7:00 p.m. I didn’t expect to stay that long but I kept meeting current and past runners from my 17 years of coaching. Although I feel like I’m 18, seeing my coaching history unfold before my eyes with such a span of runners certainly made me realize I’m heading into the twilight of my running and coaching career.

My running legacy won’t be defined by the times that I’ve run as much as the people I’ve coached. The best part of the afternoon was observing the excitement of the Marathon Coalition runners…their enthusiasm is infectious! I was full of pride being with them away from our training location and the environment I’m most comfortable in and knowing they are ready for the challenge of completing the Boston Marathon.

It is an honor to greet each runner as they enter the number pick-up area and observe their excitement. I was able to meet many of their friends and family. This process is the culmination of months of challenging training and the realization the Boston Marathon is just around the corner.

I also spoke with so many runners from around the world that asked my advice on countless aspects of Marathon Monday. It was a treat when one of the runners I’m coaching privately from Portland, Oregon arrived…I know she’s going to have her best marathon ever.

I also look forward to spending the day at Mile 15 on Monday and having my entire family with me. I’ve spent nearly 17 years in that spot offering encouragement to countless runners. Just as in life, I’ve gotten so much more out of those years than I’ve given. Each year I continue to be inspired by the effort that I witness from the runners I’m blessed to coach. I get to see them completely out of their comfort zone…I get to see the raw emotion of the struggle…I get to see the anticipation of achievement…I get to see life reduced to its absolute best and most inspiring.

Monday promises to be another one of the greatest days of my life…I love the anticipation of observing so many runners realize the dream of a lifetime!

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