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.