This past weekend running guru, Jenny Hadfield, was in San Diego and I was lucky enough to join her for a ~12 mile run. You may know Jenny from her weekly blog on runnersworld.com titled Ask Coach Jenny, or maybe you’ve read one of her 3 books on running. She also writes for Health Magazine as well as Women’s Running Magazine and she travels the world competing in adventure races. On top of that, Jenny manages to find the time to coach and speak to audiences of runners all over the United States.
I admire that Jenny has made an entire career out of her passion and has been extremely successful in doing so. Through coaching, writing, racing and speaking, Coach Jenny motivates and guides runners from coast to coast. As a woman I love to see other women taking control of their lives and making it happen. You go girl!
Jenny, Angela and I took off on a trail run through Los Penasquitos Canyon - the three amigas. We were eager to hear all of Jenny's stories of globetrotting and racing through the jungle. She has run races all over the world including Antarctica, Fiji, New Zealand and everywhere in between so she has a lot to share. Thanks to her captivating stories of adventure and true endurance our run felt like a breeze.
Unknowingly, Coach Jenny reminded me of a few important things during our run; valuable to runners and non-runners alike. She wasn’t intentionally giving out life lessons but c'mon, how can you not learn something from a woman like this?
I thought I would share with you because we can all use a little reminder from time to time:
Some of the best things in life are scary and challenging, but through these experiences we grow. Along the way we may even form unexpected and unique relationships that we would otherwise miss out on.
Jenny has a fantastic attitude which I believe is a huge contributing factor to her success in running and her career. We hear about “the power of positive thinking” and Jenny is proof. Self-doubt is useless. Believe in yourself and you can do it!
Use your talents to make a difference.
We all have unique abilities. Whether it is cooking, singing, or just listening we can use these skills to help others. Jenny has taken her love of running and her extensive knowledge to coach and inspire runners everywhere. She is the perfect example of using talent and passion for the good of others.
Don’t take running (or life) too seriously. Challenge yourself and work hard but most importantly, enjoy it.
As Coach Jenny would say, "Happy Trails!"