My training schedule had me set to do three miles in this morning's team run. As we approached the turnaround spot for the three-milers, our run coach, Jack, said it was time for me to turn around.
But I didn't want to stop just yet. I wanted to keep going.
I called ahead that I was going to keep going to the four-mile turnaround.
Amid the chit-chat with team members, the fresh coastal air and the almost perfect temperature, I reached the four-mile mark before I knew it. Jack ran up ahead and stopped just past the "4" and arrow he had marked in chalk on the pavement before the run.
He encouraged and praised us as we crossed the road to finish the final two miles.
We turned around, running at a slow and steady pace. My teammate Mira and I were the first ones back this morning. Jamie was right behind us.
As we finished the last few feet of the run, Bob (another Team in Training volunteer and supporter) slowly drove his pick-up truck beside us. He turned the music up louder and, with the sounds of "Black Betty" coming from the stereo, helped us finish the run strong.
Soon, the rest of our team members (those doing the five-mile loop) made it back to the school where we start and end our Sunday runs. We gathered in a circle and started stretching.
And we talked.
We talked about how much progress we've already made.
We talked about the feeling of accomplishment when you run farther than you ever have before.
We talked about how good it feels to mentally set a point at which you would allow yourself to walk but you decide to keep on running when you reach that spot.
We even talked about what training runs we would want to do after we complete our marathons and half-marathons.
We all left energized and making plans for our next run. Jamie and I made plans to meet up during the week for a run, and she suggested that we find a 5K to run soon. I came home and emailed her a list of upcoming races.
What a difference having a motivating team, coaches and other supporters makes in this program. I guess that's why it works.
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