Building Steam that is! What did you think I meant?! Hahaha!!!
|This is a photo while "Steppin' Eleven" |
was on a training run together!
This year I have had the opportunity to be a volunteer group leader for the Building Steam program in
. Building Steam is an eleven-week program to help runners, potential runners,
and walkers prepare for the Steamboat Classic 4 Mile Race that will be
held on Peoria,
IL June 16, 2012. It is a program that puts participants of similar
abilities together with motivated and understanding volunteer coaches. We have
weekly open forum discussions regarding strength, stretching, safety, and
helpful running products. If someone wants to talk about it, we do! The goal is
that all participants finish the four miles of the Steamboat Classic
successfully, make friends, and most importantly have fun!
We are indeed having fun while running. In my group we have approx 15-20 members. The numbers fluctuate at times as people move by their choice to different groups based on how they are feeling during their runs. One individual may have signed up for the 10 minute pace group based on their time trial run, but the next week may realize that they really are more comfortable at a 10:30 pace. I am one of the 6 leaders of the min mile pace group. Our leaders are Elaine, Al, Bobby, Rita, and Larry. All of whom do a great job! This is the first time that we have all met, but I feel that I have already made lifelong friendships. That little Elaine who is in her 50’s (don’t kill me for disclosing your age Elaine) is a wonder! She is the tiniest little thing that does these crazy 50+ mile runs for three days! She inspires me! She has embraced fitness to it’s fullest and she always does it with a smile. Plus, Miss Rita's smile could light up a room when you see her. Ya know, that person that is genuinely excited to see you when you walk in the door?! Well, that's Rita and she is happy to see everyone. She's beautiful!
|This the one and only Bob Michael Bridge |
that our group crossed not once, but twice now!
|A wonderful gift of wheat grass from the|
other Building Steam 11 minute pace group!
Oftentimes after our runs we head out for dinner, drinks, and socializing! This is a picture of our group with a couple of other Building Steam groups at Kelleher’s after we tackled the Bob Michael bridge for the first time. We chatted it up and even my husband and kids came. It was so nice to hang out with everyone.
So, thank you to “Steppin’ Eleven”, my fellow group leaders, IVS, and all of the Building Steam Groups for making every Wednesday night in April, May, and June something I look forward to!
The miracle isn't that I finished.
The miracle is that
I had the courage to start.