I am really lucky to be part of a huge community of runners on Twitter. These guys have helped shape me as a runner- giving encouragement and guidance to make me a better runner. Last year, I was really lucky to meet Josh (aka @speedysasquatch). I have no idea how this awesome guy became part of my Twitterverse, but I am eternally grateful that he did.
JoshSquatch (as I lovingly have nicknamed him) is my running coach now. He has been for the past 8 1/2 months. When I brought Josh on board, I was at the tail end of my physical therapy for my calf. I was terrified to run again, but I was soooooooooooo ready to be back on the trails. I also knew that whatever I did to bring on my calf tear, I didn't want to repeat.
I needed a coach, and Josh was the answer. He picked me up, dusted me off, and convinced me that I could do this, and do this well. When I'd mope, he'd kick my ass. When I excelled, he kept my ego in check. And he has made me a much stronger runner.
Strong enough to best my 1/2 marathon time by 22 minutes despite injury. And strong enough to believe I can run a full marathon this year- and do it well. When I have questions, he answers them. When I am ready for more, he piles it on. And when I need a break, he listens to that too. I get a personalized training plan every week, and I can feel that I am stronger... better.
Over the past months, Josh's team of sasquatch runners has grown impressively. Team Sasquatch is a kick ass collection of amazing athletes. All of us at different levels, but none of us are seen as anything less than athletes. I am fortunate to have all of them there to cheer me on to bigger and bigger accomplishments.
I am a better runner because I know these guys, and especially, Josh are behind me. So Josh? Don't let my current endeavors fool you... I am a better runner because you are my coach. :)