My high school field hockey and lacrosse coach messaged me earlier today to see how I was doing. She gave me a few diet tips that will help me control my blood sugars. When she mentioned a raw diet option, she noted that she had done this herself for short periods of time. The best part about Kim, is that she will never give advice or tell you to do something
that she hasn’t done or isn’t willing to do herself. I witnessed this when she would run with us during conditioning, regardless  if it was in summer heat or rough winter conditions.  She would dedicate hours of her time coaching extra clinics, where she expected us to be as well. I think we all trusted and listened to her because of that.

Kim taught me skill but more importantly, she taught me how to overcome mental barriers. When I decided to run my first marathon, I messaged her to let her know the impact that she had had on me and thanked her for the confidence she instilled in me, that made me realize I could and would complete the 26.2 mile race. This time around, after being diagnosed with diabetes, I messaged her because I felt a bit like the lost freshman again who was trying to keep up with faster, more conditioned and better skilled athletes. I told Kim that she never judged me, regardless of my weight or the fact that sometimes it took me awhile to learn something. She was always willing to dedicate as much time and effort to me, as I was willing to give to her. The result was someone who began to believe that work ethic and determination could overcome any obstacles I faced. 

I suppose I needed someone who knew me then, to understand how far I needed to go now, but still trusted that it could happen.  I believe that courage needs to come from within, but it doesn’t hurt to have people around who remind you just how strong you are and how much you can
accomplish. Seek your mentors out; let them be the supporters that they have always been to you.

7/18/2012 09:26:57

Krissy-

YOU are an INSPIRATION to ALL!! I am lucky to have been touched by you & to have the opportunity to know you!! I hope to be able to run part of the race with you on October 7th or just be there for support!

xoxo Kim

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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