Christy Scott and I are indeed a lot alike.
We both are over 35 but not yet 40. 🙂 We both have two children; a boy and a girl. Our husbands work for the same company. We both have short hair, teach Zumba, are personal trainers, like Coach purses and have run a half-marathon. Now, I can one up her on a few things like I have more tattoos, own more gym bags and probably have a bigger assortment of headbands. 🙂 She can one up me by the fact that she owns EVERY pair in EVERY color of Nike Free’s that have EVER been released, can rock blond hair, looks amazing in shorts and she doesn’t just run half marathons. She runs marathons, ultra marathons, ultra trail marathons, 100 MILE RACES and…
…..she doesn’t come in last.
Christy is my every day hero. She is just a quiet force who has a determination I truly admire. As she prepares to get her daughter ready to enter college this year, she is training for her FIFTH 100 mile race. And not just on some flat land. Christy trains chooses a different place to run a 100 miler every times she does it. When I saw a picture of the place for this year and she stated the elevation, I thought she had completely lost it this time. What I realized is that she has the mind of a champion. She knows that if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
Just last year alone, Christy ran 18 races (that does not include the four 5K’s she ran wit her children. Did I mention she even trains her dogs to even be able to run half marathon distances?). She has run 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, full marathons, 50K’s, a 72 mile marathon with her family that last 12 hours (can you imagine her being your mom saying, “hey, guess what we’re going to do today?” ), stage races and, of course her 100 mile run. In most of these races, she place between 1st and 4th for her age group. Now that’s being a rock star!
But Christy is far from that….or at least in her mind. She is very smart about the way she trains and very humble about the way she presents herself. She is a go-getter, no doubt, but she is a real person that you see every day on the street who is approachable, yet gutsy, knows her stuff but doesn’t flaunt how fantastic she is (I will do that for her) and is willing to help those who “want” to be runners (me) get started. She ran a marathon in California the day I ran my half marathon and still had the time to send a message saying “Good Luck” and follow up with me and ask me how it went. On my last leg as I was getting tired and about to not be able to move, a girl I didn’t even know said, “Christy is going to be so proud of you!” and it kept me in the game. I wanted to make her proud.
And, should I tell you that it only took her about an extra hour past my half marathon time to finish her marathon? And it wasn’t even her best time. That woman is a beast.
I salute her and share my motivation with you. Even when you are in this profession, we STILL need motivation. Christy’s mindset (and her legs and her endurance and her shoe collection) are things I constantly reach towards in my pursuit of better fitness and better health. Who are your inspirations? Have you thanked them lately?
And, oh, because I am ALWAYS in her business :), one of the things REAL runners seem to be for real about (and I was surprised to find this out) are their SOCKS. (who knew?) I asked Christy what type of socks she wore and she told me a few but I felt like a rock star when she said Balega and Injinji because I wear those too. 🙂 So we decided to give a pair of each away to one lucky reader. Here’s how you enter.
I will announce the winner on Monday, January 14, 2013!