Wow. This weekend was more than I ever imagined it could be. Steph and Ben are the most down to earth, kind, inspiring, welcoming people. I am so thankful I was able to be a part of Bruce Camp 2019.
One of the highlights of this weekend was the reinforcement of just how encouraging and supportive the running community is.
It didn’t matter how old you were at Bruce Camp.
It didn’t matter what your PRs are.
It didn’t matter what paces you’re running.
It didn’t matter if you have run 10 marathons or no races at all.
It didn’t matter if your goal was to get to consistent running or run a strong race at the Olympic Trials.
None of that mattered.
These people I met...they believe in you. They fiercely believe in you. They clap for you and yell your name as you’re finishing your run, a 400m split, or do something silly🤪They listen to your background, what you have struggled with in life that maybe has nothing to do with running. They laugh with you, cry with you, hug you, and fiercely support you. They stop their own run to take care of you when you trip and bust your knee.
A family was created this weekend. I believe that. Steph taught us to “take up our own space” this weekend, meaning show up to that starting line, that gym, that track practice, that job, that relationship, that grad school class, that interview, whatever it is, SHOW UP with the utmost confidence that you 100% belong there because YOU DO. Both Ben and Steph have and continue to set amazing examples of this.
I leave here with an even bigger fire in my heart for my running and goals, new strategies for smart running, an even bigger support system and many new friends to cheer on as they work towards their goals, and love for people who I know and who I don’t know. Be kind to people. Help others. Build them up.
Thank you Steph and Ben for your hospitality, openness, transparency, and kindness. You are changing so many people’s lives in the most positive ways.