When I started running in 2007 I joined a beginning women's running group and trained to run my first 5K. I loved having a group of women who were all at the same place as me and a group of mentors who shared their love for running and their passion for giving back to the sport by helping us newbies. The best encouragement for new runners is having a seasoned runner by your side.
Ever since then I've done my best to give back as a "seasoned runner". While I wasn't able to fully complete being a mentor in that running group due to moving to Chicago, I've since run many a race with the goal of helping other people get across the finish line.
I've also been the pacee several times and I am always thankful and grateful for the friends that help me across the finish line.
Sometimes people are afraid to run a race because they don't want to be last. Or they think they can't do it. Or they think they'll be too slow. Those of us who love running and racing always encourage them with words and say it will be okay. But putting your money where your mouth is and staying with them step for step until you cross that finish line is even better encouragement.
So, if you're looking around and see a race that you might want to do but are hesitant to do it? Don't let fear stop you. Send me an email or a message on Facebook. I'll be with you from the start line to the finish line on race day.
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