Saturday, March 17, 2012

Galloway Victory Breakfast

Today was our Galloway Training Program's Victory Breakfast, where we celebrate our accomplishments during the season we just finished. It is always a fun time filled with laughter, sharing running stories, and even some tears of joy. Everyone gets a chance to show off their bling and we leave with sore necks from wearing all those heavy medals. We had a great turned out today, with way more food than we could ever eat, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Jason came along to take photos, which we'll post later when we have a chance to go through them, but you can see a sneak peak throughout this post.

As part of the celebration, we acknowledge our runners for their accomplishments, including fastest marathon and half marathon finish times, outstanding rookie and alumni, as well as silly superlatives like fashionista and inspector gadget. It should come as no surprise to anyone that I won the "Data Geek" award, because I'm always logging all my work outs, crunching the numbers, updating our website, and making spreadsheets to share all the data I've collected.

What did come as a pleasant surprise was that they honored me with the Inaugural Lee Strickland Award. Lee Strickland was one of the first group leaders who contributed tremendously to the program. He passed away in Haiti during the earthquake, and this award was made in his memory. As stated in the nomination form, this goes to a runner who exemplified courage, kindness, and made his/her season less about running and more about overcoming obstacles and helping others. 

For once I was speechless, and I could not hold back the tears. I was so caught up in the moment, and trying to compose myself so I could say a few words, that I didn't even realized I got a standing ovation until I saw the pictures later. I was truly overwhelmed with joy and it was so nice to hear Laura's kind words when she introduced the award and everyone that approached me after. Even though I ultimately accomplished my running goals this year, the biggest reward by a long shot came from seeing the runners in my group and throughout the program accomplish their goals. There is something really special about seeing a new runner accomplish something they never thought they could ever do, and then hearing them plan to do it again :)

A million thanks to everyone in the Galloway Program who touched my life this year. I truly carried each and everyone of you with me when I ran my PR marathon race this year and no way could I have done this without you. 

But enough sappiness, here's a sneak peak at some of the photos from today's event, and a video one of our runners put together to promote our the Orlando Galloway program.

Group Leaders
Laura and Ric
Sole Mates - My Group


mizunogirl said...

You look great!!!!   I don't know you that well, but I am sure you so deserved that are always so excited for everyone's success!!!!  

Shannon Chenoweth said...

Sounds like so much fun! I am looking forward to joining the group this summer. Congrats on your award! :)

Kimberly Krebs said...

Very awesome! And wow, you have a lot of group leaders!

Kitzzy said...

Thanks! And that's not even all of them :) Are you running Disney in 2013? I'm finally going to bite the bullet and run Goofy :)

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