“How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold”
Heartless? Cruel? Hard? Cold?
“How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no”
Feelings? Friends? Pride?
Groundwork for this morning’s column thanks to the classic from back in my day, “HAIR”.
I’m not heartless, cruel, hard or cold. I have feelings and friends. I put my own pride aside, Clyde.
I’m coaching three women that have their world of potential in front of them. Nicole, Jackie, Coralie. Nicole and Jackie both in their mid 30s and their first time to experience such high level training. Coralie, young and not far from her college program. I’ll go out on a limb here and say I’ve never had 3 women athletes at the same time that are so committed to doing what they are told, perfect students.
They’ve come out and raced when I asked. We are dialed in, together. I can tell you their race pace from mile to marathon. Coach and athlete, working together to achieve lifetime performances. Nothing less.
The ever so popular lucky charms 10k is this weekend. Magically delicious! But I’ve pulled Jackie and Nicole. Easy to be hard. Easy to say no. Both are fit as ever and champing at the bit. Both wanted to race. So this test, will they listen to their coach, only has one answer. This separates them, elevates them in my book as athletes. Willing to put funsies on hold for the bigger picture. They will still be out cheering their mates.
No denying this is one of the two most popular races of the year, and both put on by the maestro. Also one of the most frustrating for the front of the pack fellas. I ran it once, pledged a nickel for every female I passed. It was matched by Danielle Galvin and launched our Wednesday Night Kid’s Fitness program that ran for 7 years. Thanks Danielle!
I’ve been out for every edition of the race. First hand observations and critiques. It will always be “muy popular”, a huge draw to the masses of lads and lasses. But the attempt to mix novelty with what I consider Real Competition has not met my litmus test. Due to the wretched time the guys have trying to weave through thousands of ear budded, hand holding, green tutu wearing others. You won’t see Grant or Drew or Jay or any other of my “A” level athletes trying to make it a Real Race. Easy to be hard. Easy to say no.