Who Are You Cheering For?

May 29, 2009

I ran the Bolder Boulder on Monday for the fourth time. If you live in Colorado and don’t know about the Bolder Boulder, you must live in a hole. It’s the biggest and baddest 10K in the US. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 people run/jog/walk in this race which ends in Folsom Field Stadium on the campus of Colorado University. The race course winds through the heart of Boulder, thick with eccentric culture. Belly dancers cheer the runners while homeowners (commune members?) hand out glasses of beer, strips of bacon and bags of granola (um, maybe not) to interested runners. Me? I can think of few things I’d want less than beer and bacon while I’m running 6.2 miles. But hey … to each his own.

I had a great run. It was one of those races where I purposely held myself back expecting to lose steam around mile 4 or 5. To my delight, I felt energized right until the end and had fully recovered within minutes of the finish. The older I get, the less I take this for granted!

The best part of the race was the two people who went with me. Laura and Venus drove up with me for the day, to people-watch and Michele-cheer (the pic is Laura and I at the finish). What’s cooler than that?!?! When I turned the corner at Mile 1 and saw their smiling faces, I turned from the tortoise into the hare. But the best surprise came 5 miles later when I entered Folsom Field and saw my Troy waiting at the finish line. He’s seen me run races and triathlons plenty of times before, and I didn’t expect him to show up this time. But THIS TIME it meant everything.

You can’t run someone else’s race, but you can give them the steam to keep running and finish well. All it takes is showing up at key points on the journey and shouting again and again, “I believe in you! You can DO this!”

Who are you cheering for?


  1. Danica

    I’m cheering for you, too Michele! Even though I was not at the Bolder Boulder. 🙂

  2. Tonya

    What an inspiring post. Congratulations on completing another race! I am not a runner, but I do appreciate the dedication it takes finish the race.

    Your question got me to thinking about being a mom and wife. I think one of our greatest abilities is to encourage our kids to be all they can be. Secondly, to encourage our husbands to pursue their dreams.

    Great post!

  3. Michele

    Thanks, Danica! I can feel it! Tonya, I agree a thousand percent. Cheering for our children and spouses is critical. They need to hear that we believe they have what it takes. Thanks for the perfect application.

  4. Denise

    When I read this post, I thought of Words For The Journey. We cheer each other on all the way. It makes a huge difference in my ability to be persistent in my writing, and I believe it makes the same difference to all that come the meetings.
    Thanks for posting this, Michele.

  5. Susan

    Great thoughful post on the power of words literally where the shoe rubber meets the road! You must be a writer! You must be a runner!

  6. Michele

    Susan!!! Good to see you here … feels like we’re in the same room. Words are so powerful, aren’t they? I’m glad I’m the lucky recipient of some of yours.

    You’re so right, Denise. WFTJ is exactly that kind of group. An amazing group of cheerleaders! I’m glad you’re a part of it.


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