It’s easy to be positive and agreeable when everything goes as planned, but what shows real character is how you respond when faced with tough challenges or the unexpected. I saw lots of examples of people choosing to “do the next right thing”. Let’s celebrate each of those folks:
Returning runners: Quite a few folks who haven’t been at training for the last few weeks for various reasons showed up today. You had fallen off the “Marathon Team wagon” but you jumped back on with enthusiasm. Your presence strengthens the spirit of our team, and it shows you that you have the power to get back on track to continue progressing toward your goals.
Amy, our newest team member: Having walked 4.5 miles for her first Sunday, and then walked a few more days last week, Amy’s knees told her she’d over trained. Instead of using the pain as a reason to sleep in this morning, she showed up to volunteer at the water stop.
Lauren: After the long drive to our starting point, Lauren decided she “just wasn’t feeling it” and was going to do her long run on another day. She could have taken the van back to the House with Anna, but instead she chose to stay with Amy at the water stop.
Elizabeth: None of her usual walking buddies were here this morning. Faced with the prospect of a 3+ hour walk back to BTS by herself, she could have said “Never mind” and gone back home. But she didn’t. She got out there and started walking anyway, completing the entire distance.
Full Marathoners: Realizing that due to the complete standstill on the 101, it would be a long time to get to our intended start, they quickly and happily agreed to a “Plan B”. We all got out of the van earlier than initially planned, and did the last 10 miles of our 14 mile route.
Ali: Determined to get in the full 14 miles, Ali got back to BTS and ran another 4 miles. Let’s wish him the best next Sunday when he does the Surf City Marathon.
Anna and Amy: Our van drivers faced road closures, multiple traffic lights, and heavy traffic on the 101; and the time devoted to driving turned out to be much more than planned. They didn’t complain, and instead, they cheerfully got everyone to where they needed to go.
Thanks to everyone today for making choices that built to the team spirit, and showed your determination to “go the extra mile” for your recovery.