Thursday, March 17, 2011

Coach ~

So next weekend I'll be taking T & SpeeDee up to DC to run the National Marathon.  I'm literally taking them, since we're planning on driving the "beige minivan".  I also plan to save all my run for the day, wait on the course, and run/coach T in... and go back for SpeeDee if I'm OK to do so... and run/coach her in.

I think this is interesting for one major reason.  I'm not the coach here.

SpeeDee is not just a coach, she is one of the coaches for a PINK power force here in the Richmond area, Sportsbackers MTT team PINK NATION.

T has been "my" coach for a long time.  Heck, she was my coach before she was a coach.  And when I ran my GBA marathon last November, T was waiting for me at mile 22.  It was probably one of the best moments in my running life.  There were a lot of things that day that were "the best moments", and T definitely had her hand in pretty much all of them.  Like "Remember that time..." when TMB completely refocused all my energy on the finish line when I still had an entire mile left to run?  I just hope that I can be half the coach she was for me at mile 22 of the marathon next weekend.

~shiver~ these are big shoes to fill.

To be honest, I am not sure what I am going to be able to offer either of these GBA women on race day, but for the day, it will be my job to spectate, cheer, carry stuff, and heck-fire-and-shoot ~ if coaching is needed, then that's what I'm going to strive to do.

Just call me "GBAg, Temporary Coach of GBA Team Red Sox Nation".


kat said...

You'll be able to offer more than you could imagine, love, support, comfort, motivation the list goes on and on, every step you take with them will be greatly appreciated, and I'm sure they know how lucky they are to have you. Next time I run a marathon I can only wish I have someone like you to help me for those last few miles!

erindegroff said...

What an inspiring post! You are all so lucky to have each other!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

You will be GREAT!! No Parchezzi (sp?) if she wants to pass out tell her to spray water on her head and KEEP RUNNING! :)

Jen said...

I wont be on that team, but I sure hope you are a GBA for me too!

Can't wait to meet you.

RunHapi13 said...

OMG, I just got to read ARE a HUGE inspiration for me and since I am expecting to epically FAIL on Saturday, I will be THRILLED to see you!

MCM Mama said...

Will you cheer me on when I saunter across the finish line for the half only moments before T finishes the full? ;o)