Where do I start?
I remember receiving the email congratulating me on being accepted into Team Myles for the 10k and saying “there’s a mistake, I only registered for the 5k.” I didn’t think I would ever be able to run that long of a distance due to my back injury. And I didn’t think I’d be able to do it mentally as well.
Fast forward a few weeks later to when all of the Team Myles ambassadors had a Meet & Greet and I immediately thought to myself “if all of these strangers are already starting to encourage each other maybe I can do this”. That was the night my running life changed forever.
Every week Team Myles would meet to do a long run, and to question our abilities during hill training. Every week we grew closer as friends. Every week we grew closer as a family and further away from strangers who met only a few weeks before.
When I started the training, and following the intervals, I struggled. A LOT. To the point that I cried after a few runs because I questioned if I could keep going, why I couldn’t run as fast as the other team members, and cried from being in pain. I struggled with trying to run for so many minutes, then stopping, and running again. It wasn’t until our amazing head coach, Leanne, told me to just run until I felt I needed to stop.
Fast forward to the next long run after receiving that life changing advice and I was able to run for 21.5 minutes without stopping. Fast forward to the next week and I ran for 9.6k WITHOUT stopping! Leanne sought me out when everyone was finishing at our meeting point to see how I made out and I ugly cried because I never would have imagined that I would be able to do that. Then two weeks later I did 9.4k in 76 minutes.
Being part of this team/family has shown me that if you put your mind to something, and want to show yourself that you can do it bad enough, you can accomplish things you never thought were possible. The amount of gratitude I have for the coaches, mentors, and other ambassadors for pushing me, mentally, and physically, can’t be put into words.
BRING ON THE BLUE NOSE MARATHON IN FIVE DAYS! WOOO!