A Love Letter to Arizona Instructor, Lisa Pozzoni
Happy Happy Birthday Lisa!
I just wanted to tell you that I’m so grateful to know you, and when I look back it’s interesting how meeting you at REI for the ChiRunning demo has affected so many things that are going on in my life (for the better) right now.
After REI and then taking your ChiRunning workshop, I was finally feeling brave enough to start running again after hurting my knees badly in 2001, training poorly for a full marathon and a few half races after that. You got me feeling comfortable enough to try another half marathon, so I signed up for your team for the Women’s Half Marathon last Fall. I met Laura K. at the Sole Sport’s team kickoff and instantly bonded with her.
She and I motivated each other continuously via emails etc. during training and occasionally ran together closer to our “hood” since it was hard for both of us to make a lot of the group training runs, being so early in the morning and far from where we lived. Through Laura… I met Amy D. at a Sole Sports running event. Again… Instantly bonded with her. Through Amy… I’ve met a handful of amazing, inspiring, ACTIVE women that I adore. They’ve got me totally hooked on all these fun-themed races that go on all over town, and it’s a blast! Those girls got me to run the craziest 5 mile hill course yesterday at 5:30 a.m. – something I would NEVER have done before, and I was totally able to “hold my own.”
I’m at that weird almost 40ish age range where I’ve been feeling a major shift amongst myself and many people in my life. And it’s just life… I love them all. People get busy, a lot are not really interested in participating in or training for exercise “events,” people have husbands, kids…. etc., and I’d been feeling a bit bored and stale. I’m so grateful to have come into this “active community” where people are so cool, supportive and inspiring.
Seriously, I would not be running right now NOR would I have met all these amazing new people currently in my life (many of which you know) if I hadn’t met you. At REI. Hahaa! Because of you, I have made some fabulous new friends with similar interests, I’m in better shape than I’ve been in, in awhile, I’m ChiRunning comfortably, smartly and just overall feeling good about life.
I’m so excited for you doing this full marathon! What a great thing to do on your birthday. Happiest of birthdays to you and may this new “birthday year” bring you much fun, joy and happiness! I hope that I’ll have the chance to see you more often in person than on Facebook.
Thanks again Coach!