|Stephanie and I after running the oval.|
I have never guided before and Steph was very patient as I learned the tricks of the trade. We used a tether that we each held on to as we ran. The great thing is that we are about the same height and have similar strides, making it easier to be in sync. I was amazed at how easily she navigated the corners of the track! Only a few times did I voice directions...and only because we had to navigate a few children on bikes.
Stephanie is also president of Blind Sport NS. Amazing. I strongly urge runners, cyclists, swimmers, etc to reach out to your local organization and become a guide for athletes who require one.
I know, as athletes, when we have an injury that sidelines us from a goal, it is difficult and painful to realize that our goal will have to be postponed. It's hard to have worked so hard towards something, put in many miles, changed our diets, spent extra time cross training...and for what? To have a goal disappear before our eyes. But that's just it...it hasn't disappeared..it is only postponed. 9 out of 10 times, our injuries will heal and we will be back at training before we know it. What if we could never run, swim, bike, etc again? How would that feel? Next time you are out on a run, and you have to stop to walk or stop short of your expected mileage, try thanking your body for letting you go as far as you did...and not criticizing yourself for falling short of expectations that you have placed on yourself!! I know next long run I do, I'll be running every kilometer as if Steph was by my side for she is an inspiration of overcoming obstacles every day!!! She has plans to do a half marathon...and I want to be at the finish line...if not beside her when she completes it! Stephanie believes she can, and therefore I know she will! Just like each of you....DREAM IT, BELIEVE IT, ACHIEVE IT!!!