Merry Christmas, team! This time of year is so busy with parties, events, family gatherings, etc. It seems like it's just go, go, go all the time. Of course we always think things will slow down after the holidays, but do they really? Here's a chance to slow down for a moment and reflect on your year of training, friendships, and growth. So, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy (don't worry - our hot chocolate doesn't look that pretty either).
This Christmas, we are reflecting on team, and what being a team really means. Being a team is so much more than a group of people to meet and run with. It's more than a little friendly competition, and it's more than a pool of people from which to pick your relay partners.
Being a team is about understanding and solidarity. It's about companionship. It's about competition, pushing each other to do more, listening to each other, empathizing, and caring. Being part of a team is about learning, growing, building relationships, and chasing dreams. It's about messing up and being offered redemption. It's about shooting a little too high but still having the support of your teammates when you fall short. It's about celebrating accomplishments, rejoicing on the happy days, being there for each other on the sad days, and speaking kindly to one another. Being a team is about knowing others may beat you, but cheering them on and wanting the best for them. It's about camaraderie, engagement, encouragement, positivity, and kindness. True teams are not made of people who simply work well together. They're made of people to trust, push, and care for the well-being of each other. That's the thing about our core group of TFC members - you're willing to step outside the box and push each other when the going gets tough. When you get beat, you're gracious. When someone is hurt, you're there for them encouraging the healing process every step of the way.
If you didn't know already, having the support of a team is an amazing thing. Think about the mornings when you don't want to come to the workouts. But, you know you have teammates counting on you to push them and help them past the wall. Think about the races where you've known your teammates are waiting at the finish line to cheer for you. Or your coaches are along the course to offer motivation. Think about how far having a team of supportive and like-minded individuals has brought you.
You are all amazing athletes with even more potential than you know. It can be hard not to believe all the running advice you read online sometimes, but know that your teammates and coaches have your best interests in mind. If your coaches recommend a certain training plan for you, give it a shot. Even if you think it's too hard or you can't do it. If you want to get better, give it a try. What has going the easy route ever done for you? If a teammate asks a question, help them out. Point them in the right direction. The camaraderie and relationships fostered in a team environment are what make us stronger as runners when the tough times come around.
So this Christmas season, take a moment to think of how your teammates have helped you when you have struggled. Maybe it was a particularly tough workout. Perhaps it was something even deeper - a life problem. Whatever it was, be grateful you have these strong, like-minded yet individualistic teammates to help you along the way both in running and in life. Cherish these relationships, as running friends and partners are some of the best friends you'll ever make. Why? Because we get it. We know what it's like to miss a PR. We know what it's like to lose toenails and have awful blisters. We know what it's like to train for months and get injured. We know what it's like to meet a goal and rejoice in an accomplishment. We know what it's like to go through running shoes at the speed of light, and we know what it's like to trip over the curb. Basically, we get it. We know what it's like because we do it.
We are grateful to each of you for the time and effort you put in each week. We are grateful for the relationships we have built with you as both your coaches, teammates, and friends. We are thankful that you have helped build TFC into a group of caring individuals who simply want to be better, faster, and stronger, even when the workouts get harder and harder.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Boat Town Brewing on December 15 at 6pm for our Christmas party. We'll enjoy some Yogi's pizza and delicious drinks! Bring your spouse/date and enjoy a night of laughs and fun!
We will also be hosting a Christmas Lights Run/Scavenger Hunt on Monday, December 19 in the evening. We'll have more info soon, but be sure to bring a friend or two. We'll keep this run short (about 3 miles or so) and it will be a fun chance to enjoy the Christmas lights in our community.
Then - it's relay time! December 31 is the Run for the Ranch Marathon Relay. We will have two teams participating:
Runners of the Ages
Feed Me & Tell Me I'm Pretty Fast
If you're not racing, come out and cheer for your marathon relay teams!
Also - a quick thank you to all those who participated in "PiYo for Pantries" hosted by The Gym 24/7 to help fill our local food pantries. It was a wonderful and fun event.
Merry Christmas to each of you, and happy running! May the blessings and joy of the season lead you to remember what life is truly about.
December 15: Christmas Party at Boat Town Brewing (6p)
December 19: Christmas Lights Run/Scavenger Hunt (More info soon)- Bring a friend
December 31: Run for the Ranch
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