These are the brave teenagers in our middle school run club. They braved the cold temperatures and rain yesterday so that we could enjoy a 3 mile adventure in NW DC.
I loved their energy and laughter as we splashed through puddles and made our way through the city. We are going to all run the Jingle Bell 8k together in a few weeks in full costume. I honestly never knew coaching would be so awesome. Don't really know how to explain it other than these kids know how to shine their light and I am grateful for each of them.
The day before we had 'feels like 17F' temperatures as I met my new 'run at dawn' training partner. I had never worn a scarf in training before, but this Borelli active infinity scarf was my secret weapon to keep my face and lungs warm. I am starting to really embrace these dark, headlamp runs with buddies. Having training partners really helps you get out the door when your warm bed tries to trick you to stay put.
But if you really want to see some 'hard core' athletes- go on www.flotrack.org and watch the Driven Series. The Kenyan workout with Jake and Zane. It will give you a glimpse into what it takes. Being a pro isn't all coffee rides and naps in you normatec. It involves huge sacrifices, challenges and being out of your comfort zone to achieve the next level.
So what makes you feel hard core? Is there something that drives you and makes you feel tougher when you fight through those daily workouts?