Merry Christmas! We hope you are enjoying a fabulous day with your family and friends. We hope it's been a safe, relaxing, enjoyable day for you and your loved ones. Maybe you're volunteering today, or maybe you're playing with your new toys. Maybe you're doing both! Whatever you're doing, we want you to know how grateful we are for each and every one of you.
Thanksgiving isn't the only time to be thankful and grateful for what we have. Each of you contributes something unique to the team that has helped us grow. You all possess different strengths, weaknesses, and passions. Your differences are what make us such an incredible team. You have helped us learn how to be better coaches, and you've inspired us in more ways than you know! So today, we want to say thank you to each of you for something a little different.
Angela: Thank you for your drive to work harder, run faster, and try new things. This reminds us that no matter what, life is an adventure and that we should always strive to be better and stronger.
Angie: You're a veteran runner, and you know your stuff. You can teach us all a thing or two. Thank you for being here to help motivate the team. Your sparkle is contagious, and we are grateful to have you. Not only do you work incredibly hard, the team truly looks up to you. Thank you.
Ashley: You're an inspiration to everyone, but especially to the mothers. You recently had a baby, and look at you. You just ran a 15k and you're training for another! By the way, we saw your goals sheet - we know what you're up to next! We'll do whatever we can to help you reach each of your goals.
Casey: Thank you for not being scared to join us. Thank you for reminding us that sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and try something new if you want to improve.
Debra: You're a workhorse. You work hard every single week. You ask questions, and you implement the suggestions into your training. Thank you for showing us that hard work pays off, and for keeping an open mind.
Donna: Thank you for showing us patience. We know this hasn't been an easy road with your injury, but you remind us that sometimes, we have to take a break and let our bodies heal. That being said, you're still there - cheering us on, riding your bike, etc. We appreciate you, and can't wait until you're running with us again.
Glenda: We are so glad to have you. Thank you for not be afraid to join a group of what you considered to be "younger" people. You show up, and you give it your all even when it's tough. You asked for a training plan to help you get in more miles and get faster at the same time. This shows us how much you want this. Thank you for reminding us that when you really want something, you have to be willing to put in the effort to reap the results.
Heidi: Thank you for showing us that even if you have to work at 5am, you can still get your workout in. You remind us that you don't always have time for everything in life, but that you have to make time for the things you care about. Congrats on completing your first 26.2 this year!
Jani: Boston bound! Congrats to you on this amazing accomplishment. We are fortunate to have you, and we are thankful for the wisdom you bring to the team. We know that not all of our training will work into your Boston plan, but we are here to support you, and we'll be cheering you on all the way through Bolyston street! Thank you for showing us that putting in hard work is what truly helps us achieve our dreams.
Jody: You've been with us from the start, and no matter how you're feeling, you still work your butt off. You've had a very busy and trying year, yet you're still there on Wednesday mornings putting in the work. Your dedication is contagious.
Katie: Thank you for the encouragement you give to other runners. We know the workouts are not always easy, but we appreciate you building up your teammates along the way. It means a lot to hear "good job" from your coach, but sometimes, it means even more to hear "good job" or "you can do it" from your teammate.
Keshian: Thank you for your sense of humor. You are our favorite T-Rex. You bring the fun out in everyone, and you are a true joy to have in the group. You keep a good sense of humor even when the going gets tough, and you never cease to make us smile. Thank you for that.
Laura: Thank you for reminding us that you don't always have to follow the crowd. Almost everyone is training for 13.1 or 26.2, but you know what you want - you want to drop time off your 5k. It's nice to know that those longer distances aren't the only thing that matter. Sometimes, runners are made to feel that if they don't run marathons, they're not real runners. Thank you for reminding us to go after what we want in life, even if it's not what others are doing.
Lendall: Oh Lendall. Thank you for helping us to remember to pack our shoes. But really - thank you for giving it 100% ever single week. Thank you for your fun sense of humor, and thank you for giving Nick a buddy.
Magda: You work hard. You're one determined lady, and we love that. You started in group 3, and now you're moved up to 2. You set lofty, yet achievable goals - we like that. After all, what's the point in a goal if it's super easy? That being said, you also put in the work every single day to meet those goals. Thank you for exemplifying hard work. Your sub 2 is waiting. Go get it.
Malinda: When we say jump, you ask how high. You are willing to do everything you can to make each of your workouts count. We've seen it during practice - if we say "come on, Malinda" you go, and you go hard. Your drive is inspiring.
Melissa B: You are one of our favorite examples of what hard work and training can do. Look at your half marathon PR! Look at where you started and where you are now. If any of you ever wonder if speed work really works, or maybe you start to discount your training, look at Melissa. If you ever think to yourself, "I can't do this" - look at Melissa.
Melissa N: You're a very busy lady. We admire the way your care for your family and others with such grace and poise. That being said, you're always the first to ask for the workout if you can't make it on Wednesday morning. You'll text us a screenshot of the treadmill at 8pm that night when you finished the workout. You show us how to balance a busy life, hectic family schedule, and training plan at the same time.
Nicole: Thank you for being the first to say "I want to work harder" - even if it means putting in extra time/miles/workouts. You show us that true motivation must come from within.
Sharon: Thank you for showing us that even after time off, you can still be an incredible athlete. You are getting faster and stronger, and it's because you work hard. We have noticed incredible progress from you, and we are proud to call you a teammate.
Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. Thank you for helping us build an awesome team. We are excited to see where the future takes us.
As we come up on the new year, we would like to hear your suggestions about what you would like to see from TFC. There is always room for improvement. How can we better serve you, and our community? How can we continue to grow and still provide quality workouts? Let us know your thoughts.
We have a few ideas in the works to help promote the club, but we want to hear what you have to say as well. Email us us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We missed you this week (12/23), but we needed to keep safety in mind with the weather. We will not meet on 12/30. So, enjoy your "time off" and we will see on you January 6. It's the perfect time to bring a friend!
Oh - if you want some workouts, here you go:
Week of 12/21 (Workout for 12/23): 16x200
Week of 12/28 (Workout for 12/30): 3 min on; 1:30 easy (8 sets)
Have a fantastic weekend!
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