Perseverance- steady persistence in a course of action in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

I’m proud to say i don’t have to look at the Tour de France, Super Bowl, or any other televised athletic event to see examples of perseverance. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by great examples of it every day. Keith competed in his 20th triathlon today; Grayson (future brother-in-law) in his first. Runners in the Couch to 4 Miler group upped their running times today. People training for a Marathon had a long run of 8 miles. I’m truly humbled and impressed by all.

None of this would have happened without a little perseverance. Training can be excruciating and races can be discouraging. You have to have the persistence to push on through. It makes me think of the quote “pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.” I know there were moments today that Keith, Grayson, runners in both the Couch to 4 Miler and Marathon groups all struggled. Everyone could have chosen to quit but, instead, pushed on through. Keith and i always say, regardless of how good or bad we do in a race or on a training day, we did better than everyone sitting at home on their couch.

There was once a time in my life when i was convinced there was no way i could ever be a runner. I would imagine many of the people training for the Cooper young 4 Miler are having the same thoughts that i used to have. I didn’t get where i am today without a lot of hard work but sometimes that hard work means just showing up for the run. You don’t have win races to be a runner; you just have to run to be a runner. Same goes for triathlons- you don’t have to win them; you just have to do them!

This has been a great week for me. Starting with running in the rain on Monday at our first training run to blistering heat on Thursday night and on to today knowing that many people I know, train, and love are pushing themselves a little outside their comfort zone couldn’t make me happier. I’m a lucky girl to have all these persistent (or sometimes just stubborn!) people in my life. These are my role models.

Sometimes i feel like people question why i do what i do- why are you a personal trainer and running coach when you had a career in counseling, a Masters in Social Work, and a year of Law School under your belt? The transition of how i got to where i am today is not all that exciting, however the fact that i am where i am is. I get to spend my days and nights surrounded by people who are persistent in excelling and making themselves better at something. What could be more gratifying?!

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