Support is such a large part of training and racing. Just think…how do you feel when you get close to the finish line? For me, my tired legs start to turnover quicker and I begin to get a second surge of energy that propels me to the finish. The roar of the cheering fans give me the strength to cross the finish line with a huge smile on my face but there’s one face that I can’t wait to see as I head down the chute. In my world that face is a large part of why I train and race. I have to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the real M.V.P of my life, my husband J.J.
I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support of my spouse. The passion for this sport started because of him five years ago. It is because of J.J. that I started drinking the “kool-aid”, so you could pretty much say I owe it all to him! He started me off slowly with some local 5k races, then half marathons and most recently a 70.3 this past October. Now I am addicted! One of us is always training so we both have become good at being the other's support. This past year J.J. played multiple roles as fiancé/husband, cook, maid, and mechanic! On top of working full time and training himself. As a talented marathoner, he keeps me company on the majority of my long runs and even runs at my pace (which is a lot slower than his). Along with the physical help, he constantly encourages me to keep it up and let me know that I am doing great! He is always patient when I don’t have the energy to make it through our favorite shows on Netflix or when he has to fix dinner every night for six months. When training for the long-distance races it takes sacrifice not only for the person doing it but for those around them. Because of his sacrifice, I was able to achieve my goal!
With all that said, I believe everyone can benefit from a strong support system whether it’s a friend, family, significant other or training club in your community. It’s the people that constantly lift you up and push you that gets you to that finish line! Support makes training fun and worth it because we all know we slightly dread the early mornings, late evenings, extra loads of laundry and the nonexistent social life that comes with training. Thank you J.J. for supporting me in everything that I do, you truly are the real M.V.P.!
(P.S. he has no clue I wrote this).
Written by Kate Taylor, Siren Luminary
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