Happy Tuesday, friends! Monday is long gone and we are well into what is proving to be a pretty tough week here in the Land of Abby. Buuuuuuut, I think everything will work out and, you know, life goes on.
And on, and on, and on, and on. And today is Tuesday, so it’s high time I remind myself that being here is always better than not being here. You know who reminds me of that? All-Stars.
Every sport has an All-Star/All-American/All-State/All-Conference team who are the best of the best that year. They are the ones the rest of the team look up to and aspire to be. They are the the All-Stars and, sometimes, Olympians.
These athletes sacrifice a lot for their sport. It takes time, money, dedication and sacrifice to reach the heights attained by professional athletes. Yes, the rewards can be phenomenal, but never forget that they had to give up their lives to get where they are. For most of us, this is unattainable. Olympic speed and strength is out of our reach for whatever reason and these people, All-Stars all around, remain enigmas of the professional sports world.
And then there are the everyday athletes. My friends. My colleagues. The runners who buzz by me like I’m standing still in Central Park. They are All-Stars in their own right and whose ranks I aspire to.
Dorothy Beal is a mom of three who won the B & A Marathon in 3:11 and just yesterday ran her 20th marathon in the sweltering temperatures in Boston. I am more inspired by her All-Star performance yesterday than by any of her super-speedy times (she’s crazy fast!) because she fought hard to finish. Just finish. We all have horrible races but Dorothy is brave enough to share her story with the world, good or bad. Oh, and she’s famous, if you didn’t know.
Jessica Hofheimer is a fellow lululemon Ambassador and a 3:34 marathoner who sometimes runs 20 miles on a treadmill. You gotta do what you gotta do and Jessica does it with a smile and plenty of words of inspiration for others. She is an All-Star who has fought hard to be the amazing athlete she is today and I am in awe of her dedication.
Michele Gonzalez is a 2nd Lieutenant with the US Army, a 3:21 marathoner and has deployed to Iraq three times. What I love the most about Michele is that she is super-candid about running through her first pregnancy (And second! Congrats, Michele!) and what it takes to be healthy about it. In a world where it’s becoming commonplace for pregnant mothers to push themselves harder, Michele is a voice of experience and reason. I plan on copying her All-Star ways when I get pregnant.
These women are amazing to me. They are the All-Stars I look to for inspiration. If they can do it, so can I. They make me realize that I haven’t even come close to reaching my potential as a female athlete and coach. With a little more hard work, focus and creativity, I will reach their ranks one day. And that’s what All-Stars do for us. They inspire us to aspire to more.
They make it better to be here than not. Thank you, All-Stars.
Now go out and run.