For the love of coaching

It’s a big day: today we kick off the summer season of Team In Training! More than 30 people have signed up to spend the next four months training and fund raising with the Madison chapter of TNT, preparing for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and half (May 20), and the San Diego Marathon and half (June 3)! Go Team!

Have you considered participating in one of these events? Maybe you’re not sure what to do next, or think you can’t do it on your own. Come out and see what we’re all about: putting a mission behind the effort, making new friends, and training with coaches on how to be successful. Not to mention the included airfare, hotel, race registration and more.

I’ve been participating in various capacities with TNT for the past five years, and am a certified coach. I shared the season and the race course with participants from around the country, and shared the elation of tremendous personal successes, put right up next to successes unfolding in our mission: to cure blood cancer and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. I can only live my own “first marathon” once, but in coaching, I experience it again and again – and it’s every bit as sweet.

The "Before" picture. "What have I gotten myself into?"

I love coaching for many reasons. I’m so excited to meet everyone on the first day and as I greet them, see the questioning look on their faces that suggests “who is this guy and what on earth have I gotten myself into?” I see right through it to the ear-to-ear smile of the finish line; I believe in people and their potentialities. I know that many people – particularly ones who decide to attempt this kind of undertaking – are motivated for many reasons, but apprehensive for many more. I can show them that walking and running are so much more than they might have guessed, and the outcome will extend far beyond “fitness.”

The "Before" picture

I believe that the human body is a complicated and brilliant machine that can adapt and thrive in more situations than many people give it credit for, and I believe that not attempting to actualize this miracle is one of the saddest tragedies of modern American sedentary life. When ordinary people take the leap of faith to begin this journey, I watch them discover whole new elements of life they had not seen before: greater courage, deeper faith, broader horizons in a bigger world; not just better health but fuller well-being.  Needless to say, I am excited for the season ahead.

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2 Responses to For the love of coaching

  1. Saw a film tonight that I believe you will “get” or at the very least, enjoy. Bicycle Dreams. It’s a doc about RAAM. Talk about pushing the human limits and smiling across that finish line…
    Hope y’all have a great season!

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