We are all in this together! Volunteering

The “We are all in this together!” posts are weekly training updates – glimpses into my personal training weeks with all the highs and lows, struggles and successes, and some of my thoughts along the way.

Change of plans with training this week, spent some time adjusting for the addition of the Superior 50 mile to the calendar. As I planned out races for the coming months and volunteered for our local cross-country ski marathon this week, I couldn’t help but think more deeply about volunteering. I’ll touch on some on this week’s training followed by my reflections on volunteering.

Base week again this week so not much new training wise – still working in hilly runs for variety and incorporating strides. Total body strength x2 this week – which I did at home with free weights/bodyweight, nothing fancy. I’ll be back at the climbing gym this coming week and am very much looking forward to it! Anyone else incorporate climbing into their training? Not as much yoga or recovery (foam rolling, etc.) this week. Busy week (the apartment got new windows!) and honestly just didn’t get around to it. Nobody’s perfect – we’re all out here doing the best we can, right!? Spent some time volunteering for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon this week and went to the finish line to cheer this weekend. There’s a kind of magic at finish lines. The sense of accomplishment is palpable; it’s inspiring and invigorating. It is one of my favorite places. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Thoughts about volunteering stuck heavy in my mind this week. Races are a fabulous opportunity for us to celebrate our grit and perseverance – after all, most of the hard work is done come race day! However, I like to remind myself to be aware of how much work goes into putting them on. I am immensely grateful for the hardworking Race Directors and volunteers who put hours upon hours of time into creating and putting on events. It is A LOT of work. Thank you! And then, it’s not only the event, but also ongoing trail maintenance so that there are trails to race (and train) on! Thank you also in order to trail organizations and the volunteers that work tirelessly to maintain natural spaces for us to enjoy.

Keeping that in mind, I like to make sure to schedule volunteering along with my race schedule. Volunteering for both trail work and races provides me an opportunity to give back to this community that has been so welcoming and supportive. I hope to strike a balance between racing and being there to support others, all the while periodically doing trail work – in hopes that with all of us pitching in, access will be maintained and protected for all of us to enjoy. I bring my passion for community building and volunteerism to Superior Running Co. Through trail work and event volunteerism we can support one another and the natural spaces we love to explore. I invite you to join in volunteering for a trail system or event. Discounts on coaching are available for volunteering! E-mail me for details at superiorrunningco@gmail.com.

In What I Talk About When I Talk About Running this week – after recalling his longest run to date (a 62 mile ultramarathon in Japan) he writes, “At this point a new feeling started to well up in me – nothing as profound as a feeling of pride, but at least a certain sense of completion. A personal feeling of happiness and relief that I had accepted something risky and still had the strength to endure it.” I think this sentiment is relatable for so many of us. Running providing us with countless opportunities to be unsure of ourselves, and then prove to ourselves that we are indeed capable. And that, is the magic of the finish line. 

Have a great week!

Melissa

Interested in discovering what you are capable of? Contact me at superiorrunningco@gmail.com for more information!

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