|Who's Who in CRC
September Spotlight Coach:
Johanna "Jo" Abad
I was asked recently, "how do I stay motivated when I hit the wall and I don't want to run?" and I had to think about it for a minute. Training for a race is a bit like being pregnant (you mommas know). You go through the process and at the end, you don't want to think about doing it again. You take a break from running, and after a short time, you realize that you miss it so much you want to get back out there as soon as possible. This happens to me between training cycles. I get away from running for a little bit; then I realized how important for me it is to get back out because I've forgotten the struggles and I'm ready to do it all over again. During the season, I find my motivation in meeting new people and making new friends. It gives me something to look forward to every weekend. I enjoy seeing my squad and putting in the miles while we discuss our regular lives. Afterwards, we'd all go have breakfast/coffee after our weekend long runs.
What is one thing you wish to share as a coach?
One thing I always share as a coach/motivator/cheerleader is that life is busy and you get out of running what you put into it. I tell runners to trust their training, but also realize that not every race is a great race, but every run is a GREAT RUN! I encourage them to reach out to the rest of the group for encouragement, but also to find the motivation within.
How did you get involved with CRC and how long have you been with CRC?
I have been involved with CRC since the beginning (the gray shirt gang). As I was getting back into fitness after having kids and along with some gym appearances, I knew I had to run, so I joined "the others". We were actually a different club and due to unforeseen circumstances we split up and some left out of the neighborhood and the ones that stayed formed CRC. There were so few of us that if, it was raining and we didn't want to skip a run, we would go to the Coles gym and run on the treadmills.
Thus, my fear of the treadmill was no more!!! Since then, I have volunteered for CRC in various positions over the last few years as Coaching staff.
What is one interesting fact about you?
If you know me, you know that every year I train for "my last marathon". But, the truth is, there is no last, maybe less frequent. I hope to run and encourage others to push their limits, and realize that every race can be accomplished with a realistic and well-executed training plan.
Which race is your favorite and why?
I have run marathons (including my favorite last year NYC2017), a few half marathons, lots of trail 25k's, 30k's a road 50k and a handful of 5k races in the last 10 years, but my favorite races have to be the 200 miles plus relays (4 or 5, but who's counting) that I have ran with friends that I met through CRC.
OMG--Isn't she super woman or what??!!!!
She would like to add, "Find people like you and stick to them like gum. Motivation and the love for running itself are contagious, but also keep in mind #itsaboutsomething>running; it's about human relationships. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to pass that along.
**Thank you, Jo, for sharing! Watch out in our next newsletter for the next Spotlight Coach!