Go for the Gusto!
Iris T and Roob C at the See Jane Run Half Marathon, 2011 – Photo by Lauren Ganes, WOW Team Marathon Coordinator
I have had the pleasure of reading and posting pre-race articles from WOW Coach Kerry Sullivan and WOW Team Marathon Coordinator Lauren Ganes, along with a plethora of photos from our taper run, also taken by Lauren.
The bond that develops with the women in the WOW Team is much stronger than a single race. But, to run, to push limits, to support, to make new friends, and to have fun, week after week, is what the WOW Team is about. When we make the commitment to ourselves and each other, to make our well being a priority, we “win” races and much more.
The sense, yesterday, at the finish of the last training run before race day was one of exhilaration and hope for those who will run on Sunday. Many of you have had to overcome injuries to be at the place where you can now participate in a race. I am so excited for each of you!
Last year at this time, Lauren ran her best half marathon ever, at age 62, and had the second best time in her age category, at the San Francisco Marathon. Kerry, injured, cheered Lauren and the rest of us on, from the sidelines.
This year, Lauren will cheer on Kerry and those of us running as she stands on the sidelines, injured. Two of my team-mates from our winning team last year will be on the sidelines this year. Filomena and Lauren, you will be missed. All of you who are injured will be in our hearts on race day.
For those of you who are psyched and as ready as you can be, Go for the Gusto! I will be holding a Tuesday night phone-in from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Please RSVP if you can make this call. It is specifically a call about details for this weekend and to wish success to the participants. I will answer any and all questions and we will coordinate meeting places, etc. Join us at any time during this 90 minute call. Please RSVP to CoachStephanie@gowowteam.com and I will send call in details.
Also, any of you who want to post a cheer on facebook, please do! Wish your team-mates a good race. You must “LIKE” the page (at the top) to be able to post a message.
Racers, think of us as the wind beneath your wings this Sunday. Here is a list of participants:
Aisling Forbes, Kelly Woodard, Kosheno Moore, Julie Yokoyama, Kerry Sullivan, Jeanetta Mack, Heidi Harrison, Marilee Fahlman, Kenia , Marina Shenderovich, Pam Skiles, Kathrina Weekes, Christy Gerren, Iris Torres, and me, Stephanie Atwood
Go for it!
P.S. Wear your WOW Shirts and Caps so we can find you on race day!
Link to Taper Week by Lauren Ganes
Link to Blessing in Disguise by Kerry Sullivan