I started running in 2008. It sounds simple enough. Put one foot in front of the other and repeat until you’ve covered the desired distance. Well, it’s not that easy. I really had no idea what I was doing. And I still have a lot to learn. Today’s Tuesdays on the Run linkup is about our running role models. Those who have inspired, coached, and mentored us on our journeys as runners. I am linking up with April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and Erika from MCM Mama Runs. Check out their blogs to read about the running role models who have motivated them.
As for me, I have had some great coaches and friends help me along the way. Here’s a look at some of my running role models.
Memphis Runners Track Club | Women Run Memphis Program
This is what started it all for me. The Memphis Runners Track Club provides an awesome program each summer for women of all ages, shapes, and conditions. Any woman can join. Non runners. New runners. Experienced runners. Marathon runners. Everyone and anyone. This is a group training program that prepares you for a 5K. Each pace group is assigned a “coach” who leads the ladies each week. I learned so much that first year I participated. I was instantly part of a running “community.” Much of the advice I learned that first summer I still follow today. So this “role model” isn’t just one individual, but a community of caring and helpful people who helped a beginner. If you are new to running, I encourage you to join a group.
Boot Camp Coach/Personal Trainer
Another running role model of mine is a woman I met in 2009. Back when we lived in Memphis, I met a personal trainer who ran a boot camp in my neighborhood along the Mississippi River. I joined her program, and was apprehensive about it. Could I do it? (Turns out, I could.) Would I be the oldest one there? (I wasn’t.) Would it make me a better runner? (Yes, it absolutely did!) I had extreme knee pain when training for my first half marathon. So much so that I went to an orthopedic doctor who told me I did not have “runners knees.” Well, after this training program I experienced no more knee pain! She helped me strengthen my leg muscles and I wasn’t putting as much strain on my knees. Besides all of that, she is lightening fast and is constantly placing in races. Despite her expertise in the sport, she is always willing to help the most novice runners. And her love for running is contagious. An although I’ve moved to Nashville, she continues to be a role model.
Other Running Bloggers
I have followed many running bloggers for a while now. And a few years ago I discovered a whole new world of bloggers who not only enjoy running, but love Disney, too! Who knew there were so many of us out there?! Thank goodness for social media and its ability to connect such a specific group of people. I consider many of these blogging, running, Disney lovers to be role models, as well. I am inspired about your races, your mileage, your PRs. I am grateful for the tips, tricks, and tidings that have made me a better runner. In addition to the ladies I linked to in the intro, I also follow Through Heather’s Looking Glass, Run. Walk. Repeat., Run With No Regrets, and Road Runner Girl. I think it’s great to learn from each other and keep each other motivated!
So who are your running role models? Is there anyone who has inspired you to be a better runner? Let me know in the comments below.