A few weeks ago Tricia posted about a program for beginning runners and those looking to get back into the sport after time off. One of my co-workers had just started the Couch to 5K program so I passed on the link to her. She submitted an application, went through the interview process, and shortly after was accepted into the program!
Another post from Tricia caught my eye: the program’s need for mentors. The thought of being able to help someone get to the finish line of their first 5K or half marathon is something I definitely would love to do. I sent in an email expressing my interest and was interviewed soon afterwards.
Last weekend I was selected as a mentor for the ZOOMA Texas Girlfriends Program! I am so excited – this is such an incredible opportunity!
Thursday night was the kickoff party at Bettysport.
All photos courtesy of Endurance Isn’t
Only Physical’s Facebook page.
Contrary to what this photo displays, we were NOT being anti-social. Germain and I were reviewing the training schedule Tricia had sent out.
Everyone mingled and checked out some of Bettysport’s apparel and accessories.
There were complimentary shoe fittings and gait analysis.
Then we went around the room and shared our running stories.
I’m Italian, I talk with my hands.
This little girl was cracking me up!
Hearing everyone’s stories, from both mentors and beginners, was so inspiring.
Afterwards Tricia introduced each runner to their mentor and we chatted a bit to get to know one another. I was paired a woman determined to complete her first half marathon. I am so excited for her and can’t wait to help her achieve this goal!
As we were heading out of the party, we were each given a swag bag. Mine included a sweatshirt, towel, and water bottle.
Saturday morning a handful of us met up at Luke’s Locker downtown for our first run. It was short 3 miler on Town Lake to get a feel for where our mentees are running-wise. Leslie and I covered 3 miles in roughly 36 minutes, which was awesome! She hadn’t run in two months and I think she was happy with her performance that morning.
We parted ways after the group run was done and I set out on my own for a few more miles. I had 8 miles scheduled on the training plan but I also had a 5K the following morning. I did a 4 mile loop and called it a day at 7 miles.
I’m really excited for the ZOOMA Girlfriends Program! It’s so refreshing to spend time with a group of women passionate about running. I’m looking forward to spending the next few months getting to know everyone.