What a Journey – Running with Friends Makes All the Difference

by Coach Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

November 22, 2014

Lauren at Berkeley_nI laugh to myself as I think how proud and happy I was to cross the finish line of my slowest (and most beautiful) half marathon last week-end.  It was the very first time I had followed intervals during a race.  Would I do that again?  YES!

Running is a lot more than crossing the finish line.  The process of training for a goal is the most rewarding of all.  Working on speed, adding more mileage, figuring out the correct electrolytes and hydration as well as the correct clothing including shoes are all part of the process.

Recovering from injury humbled me.  I had to very, very slowly begin my running with plenty of walking included.  I had to seek advice from doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors.  Most of all I had to listen to my own body.  I now have a very healthy respect for stretching, strengthening, foam rolling, and icing after running.

Knowing that I had WOW women to walk or run/walk with over this past year has been invaluable.  I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.