Last December, I got this necklace from Saucony after the rest of the team completed the marathon in Hawaii. When I opened the box and saw what was inside, I got a big knot in my throat. I felt the same feeling I had when I heard from Andi that she had confirmed from her doctor that she had a stress fracture. Though we didn’t run the marathon in Hawaii with the rest of the team, Andi and I had picked our race based on the fact that her family would be able to be there and to see her finish. It was really hard for me when she got injured because I felt partially responsible even though I had done my research to make sure the training plan wasn’t too hard and I felt like I let down the entire Saucony team because we didn’t run a full marathon as planned. When I got this package I felt a twinge of guilt because I felt like we weren’t really a part of the team since we didn’t complete our race. I know injuries happen and everyone was still very supportive and encouraging to us but as the coach I still felt bad about the situation and the fact that Andi was injured. I knew it was really hard on her as well because she was really looking forward to the race and training was going well up until that point.
Well, my cadet isn’t someone who gives up easily, she is a fighter, and once she sets her mind to do something she completes it! I am so proud of her because after the Raleigh Half, she took some time off to make sure she was completely recovered and then started training again using the same training plan I had originally given her. She decided to run the Nashville Marathon, which is this weekend and she’s finally running her first full! I can’t wait to hear how it goes for her and watching her determination throughout this whole long process has been inspiring. She has come back from having a stress fracture to now heading to the starting line and she will be crossing the finish line come Saturday morning. Even though I can’t be there in person to cheer her on, I know she is going to do awesome and I’m signed up to follow her tracking throughout the race. I can’t wait to hear her experience.
It’s also been great because during the process, she has inspired many of her friends and family members to run and they have either completed a full or half marathon too. She has even told me, this may not be the last marathon I do, but we’ll see how she feels after Saturday. Running can become addicting so easily when you have the right mindset and attitude towards it. If you allow yourself to enjoy it, it can become a great stress reliever and a great time to just get lost in your own world, even if only for an hour. I’m so proud of your attitude Andi and can’t wait to call you on Saturday and hear all about your race!