For 2 years, my husband told me to get a coach. He would say, “You are there. You are at that level. You need an elite level coach.” In my mind I wasn’t there yet. I still had room for improvement that I knew I could do on my own. And I did. Each year I got faster in every distance I competed in, from 5k-half marathon. Could I have improved more with a coach? I don’t know. Probably. But I wasn’t ready to take that step. That commitment. I knew that in order for me to fully commit to this next stage of training I also needed to be able to commit to recovery and pain. I needed to be okay with someone other than myself pushing me past my limits. In 2016 I was not ready for this. 2016 was a rough year. As the end of 2016 approached I heard too many people say how painful the year had been. This was true for me as well so tacking on more pain was not on my to do list. However, a few days after New Years I got an alert on Facebook that said I had been mentioned in a post. So I checked it out. A well known Dallas area runner and former Dallas Representative in the Sendai Half Marathon mentioned that I would be a good candidate for being this years Dallas Representative in the Sendai Half Marathon in May. This pretty much sent me into shock. It was like I had been picked up and placed into the next level of my running career. Additionally, my husband and I decided it was time to put our kids in school. For the past six years I homeschooled our kids, but recently they showed an interest in going to school and honestly, homeschooling, running, extracurricular activities, and managing the house was wearing me down. I am pretty sure that for the past two years I have been doing elite level training while sleep deprived and overworked. Okay, So time freed up with the kids in school, other runners thought I was ready for the next step, I had the support of my husband, so what was holding me back? I was. I was in my way. And for no reason. I tried to come up with a reason to back up my nerves, but I couldn’t. So I moved myself aside and found a coach! A great coach. A coach that can show me how to get to where I want to be. I begin training week 1 next week, and I can’t wait to get started!