Of course, my first official task is to hang up our club’s banner. Then, it was just be the extra set of hands for whatever was needed.
Rob is a great race director because he had things running smoothly.
He gave everyone the “low down” on the course and the runners are off.
When everyone was safely away, I headed back to my car, grabbed my shoes, and started making my laps around Freedom Park.
The first few laps were solo. Then, I picked up a runner buddy through 19 miles when he dropped off for a break.
My last 5 miles were tougher than I expected. It had been a long week and to throw 24 miles on top of it was probably a bad idea.
My legs were pretty stiff when I finally finished up.
The rest of my day was the best part. I could hang out and enjoy a pleasant day talking running. I heard so many great stories, got some good advice, learned about some new massage tools, and tried to not get a sun burn as we chased the sun around the park.
Runners all have stories but some are far more inspiring than others. I had a great conversation with a runner that had gone through a massive weight loss. He had already lost 100 pounds in just the last 4 months. During our run/relay, he would run 28 miles. This is further than he had every run in his entire life.
When I hear stories his, I am just so amazed at how running can change people lives. And, I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy it over the last 30 years and I hope to enjoy it for rest of my life.
Before wrapping up, I wanted to share something about Rob. I first met Rob when he joined the CRC board. In the last two years, I have grown not only to have a great respect for his running accomplishments, but to have a great appreciate for his willingness to be a constant team player and supporter of the Charlotte Running Club. He sets such great example that we could all do well to follow his lead.
I know that I appreciate all that he does.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner