Video: Runners High

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inspirationYou know the one about how if you fail to attend a meeting all tasks identified at that meeting are assigned to you? It has a cousin called, “Dis da man’s video choice and you get to pick them from now on.”

Actually, I am honored to have been invited to be your Saturday Inspirational Running Video Master of Ceremonies.

While I was running the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon in San Francisco last week, I saw my old Team in Training coach out on the course encouraging his runners to go the distance. I wanted to say hello but it had been years and I figured he wouldn’t recognize me. I was having a great race and didn’t want stop to make chit chat. I was destined to reconnect with him, though.

Later in the day, as I set about the task of finding a great clip for this week I bumped into a particularly potent movie trailer. This is a documentary about “Students Run Oakland,” a group that trains high schoolers for the Los Angeles marathon. Guess who inspires and coaches those kids? That’s right: the same guy. I can only imagine how many novices Coach Alphonzo has inspired to run 26.2 and live the thrill of crossing the finish line.

Ladies and Gentleman, I bring you this week’s “Runners High”:

About 21stCenturyMom

I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week. I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?

  1. Dawn - Pink Chick on February 10th at 5:41 pm

    Awesome! I was thinking the other day that would be a good storyline for a movie.

  2. thodarumm on February 10th at 7:30 pm


  3. Tammy on February 11th at 1:46 pm

    now THAT is inspiration! 🙂

  4. Mark Iocchelli on February 11th at 2:58 pm

    That’s a nice, pick 21stCenturyMom. And thanks for stepping up to help out. 🙂

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