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".