We had a pretty busy weekend full of errands and such so I couldn't get to this post until this morning.
As you probably already know - due to various injuries I'm walking this season and not running. So I'm coaching within the Purple group and I'm having a BLAST! First to embrace my "inner purpleness" I bought a Tutu and wear it on the trail (and I will also wear it for all my races as well) - I bought it at the California State Fair but they have a local business (as well as online) - here is the link - The Zootique - what I have is a child's Tutu that she helped me alter so it would fit, but I know she would also do a custom order - just tell them Sabrina from Sacfit sent you!
This is me right before taking my group on a 10 mile walk! I get so many compliments on it and even the cyclists that go by will comment as well. It is just a ton of fun!!
Secondly - I have met this amazing person - her name is MJ and this is her first season with Sacfit. In talking with her over the course of three weeks and lots of miles I have learned a lot about her including that she is a WW member and has lost 60 pounds as of last Thursday, every time we do a new mileage it is a new longest distance walked for her and Urban Cow Half marathon will be her first half marathon (just like it was mine almost three years ago). She reminds me of me my first season. She has the same questions and struggles as I had my first season. It is an honor to be walking with her and helping her meet her goals. I came to a decision that I shared with her on Saturday and I will share it with you all today. In Sacfit our races are our own, we pay our fees so we are not obligated to walk or run with our pace groups - usually race time is the time where we try and better our last time for that distance. I know that I can not better my half-marathon time so I'm going to give back to the group and specifically MJ. I'm going to walk her first half marathon with her. She has a time goal in mind, but truly does just want to finish - she has invited her parents to come and watch (they are coming from Oregon!) and I can't wait to see her cross the finish line and get her cowbell medal!
My first race I had someone do that for me and I really slowed down about halfway through and this person would run ahead and run back and run ahead and run back and got me to the finish line (she must have ran double the mileage that day!!) and I'm still so grateful for her - now it is my time to give back.
Oh and the big news - I have paid for and committed to my races this season! (committed as in I should be committed....) My race schedule looks like this...
September 12 - Buffalo Stampede - 10 miler
October 3 - Urban Cow Half Marathon
November 7 - Morgan Hill Full Marathon