|Megan (right) celebrating a goal by her cousin Katie (left)
As a first time coach, I wanted everything to flow smoothly. Of course, I've been humbled by the process and understand now that my expectations of working with twelve 9-year-old girls must include some bumpy waters. Coaching has been a rewarding, but somewhat stressful experience for me. The amount of planning and coordination is immense. Most of the time I feel completely inadequate for the task. Combine that with the fatigue of training and other demands of life, and it's a recipe for burnout. Thankfully, I'm surviving just fine and wouldn't change a thing. We've had some highs and lows, which sounds a lot like running The highs have been pretty darn special as each of the girls have such fun and unique personalities and leading them on this journey has been a privilege.
With Quad Rock now less than two weeks away, I'm ready to roll. I've accomplished everything I planned for my training with a nice mix of vertical, hiking, long runs, night runs, high mileage. About 95% of my miles have been on trail. Sleep has surely been sacrificed, but I hope to recover a bit in that department now that I'm tapering.
Quad Rock will be a beast of a race, but that's exactly what I feel ready for.