When Your Sport Becomes More Than Just About “You”

I could not stop smiling on my run this morning. I have to admit it was a pretty large smile. I started to think about how I have been progressively gaining more pleasure and joy in my sport over the past 6 years. I chuckled to myself as I knew it had nothing to do with my performance. I have also been progressively getting slower J

But it was obvious what the answer was after I started to think of the moments that were most memorable. Being at the start line of Ironman Louisville with my twin sister by my side. Running the Barcelona Marathon with my younger sister. Running the Green Lakes 50K trail run with Carrie and of course having my sisters and dad by my side for 3 days for Ultraman Canada.

It is to me, in a sense, a symbolism of how much a family loves and supports you. So I choose events that I can do with my sisters or ones that we can all have a similar goal in mind and all work towards that goal. A few weeks back in the GLER 50K I just paced behind my sister for 29 miles and all I could think about is how she was going to get me through EPICMAN. Without her I am sure I would have walked more of the 2000 feet of elevation gain than I actually did. But the last 2 miles to see her glide effortlessly over the puddles and mud to get to the finish line was the highlight. Her smile was awesome! I finished behind her so I saw her smile in the finishing pictures J

This has also been an exciting year as my younger sister followed her dreams and started her own coaching company. She is top-notch in every way. I spoke to her about her path into triathlon one day to expand her coaching to not only runners but also triathletes. Selfishly in 5 years I will be retiring from Corporate America and will be looking to get my certifications and begin coaching and I would love to be part of Jonesing 4 Fitness. After some discussions she is going to get her triathlon certification and is using me as a guinea pig as I train for EPICMAN and she is kicking my butt!!! But the bond there has been surreal and I admire my sister more than I already do, and that is a LOT!

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The other part I love about our sport is how my sisters inspire their children. My twin sister has run many races with my amazing niece and Heather brings her kids to yoga and teaches them the importance of sports in their lives. My sister just finished the Mountain Marathon in CO on Labor Day and Rylee and Kavan crossed the line with her. They are very proud of Mom. I was too J

And I have to say my Ry is a mini-me. She loves the trails, sports the braids, looks crazy cute in her run skirt and her sneaks are a striking resemblance to the Hoka OneOne’s. I see a future in this girl, I really do.

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7 Responses to “When Your Sport Becomes More Than Just About “You””

  1. Kellie, you are sooooo amazing!! I wish people in my family were like yours. You’ve got an incredible, athletic family and that is sooooo awesome!! You are going to be awesome at EPICMAN and I can’t wait to follow you!!!
    Best of luck!
    Keep inspiring and keep smiling!!!
    xoxoxo

  2. Kel, what you train for and do in your races is so far out of the normal… and you make it seem effortless. I am always in awe of you and the limits you push, and push, and push. There was no way I would miss crewing for you in EPICMAN since the timing was right. I will lead you and follow you anywhere in life that you want to go. You keep me going and so many others. You are, and always will be an EPIC-HUMAN. Love you!

  3. “Welcome to the Family” – the opening welcome message you first see. – says it all. (J4F homepage.)
    Family is the cornerstone of any great support and motivation for fitness. Well done girls! I am SO inspired.

  4. The most delish things DO come in the smallest packages. 😉 I’m blessed to call you a friend, Kel. And I L.O.V.E. your sisters.
    Family is what it’s all about, and we are truly lucky to have been born into ones that give, love {and laugh!} without bounds.
    The human spirit is a rich one, and your family shows just how much so.
    Onward and upward always!
    shoog to you,
    Tanya

  5. love this blog kellie! you are so amazing and I learn so much from you all the time! can’t wait to follow on the epic adventure 🙂

  6. Seems like a dreamlike “retirement plan”. And congratulations on bringing everyone together like you do!

  7. Alan Ennis Says:

    Kellie – I have quickly become an admirer of you and what you have accomplished on and off the course – I see you many mornings on the Beach Avenue runs as we give a shout out to the “Mayor”. Fires me up everytime you streak past. Thanks for posting such great personal messages that are very inspiring. Congrats on the epic!!

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