I got to chat with the Little Wing girls (CBab, Mel, Betsy, and Fleshman) about life as a pro and how they were making the transition into somewhat literally, running for their lives. Lauren of course has years of experience and a fabled career of US titles, World Championship meets, and operating life around training cycles. But the three young guns, freshly removed from college without much of an idea of what’s “normal” after age 22, I was dying to pick their brains. Was “living the dream” all they thought it would be? Was it just like an extension to their NCAA days? Did they feel how I felt after taking my first career-building job and realizing briefcases and corner offices were on hold for at least 20 years and a cubicle with a non-stop ringing phone was the reality my fancy piece of diploma paper got me?
I will never forget my first run. I was 15 years old and decided to join my dad for his daily 3 mile loop. I wore Vans. As much as I wanted to stop and walk, my dad would not let me. I remember being sore for at least a week after that run, but I wanted to do it again. It wasn’t long before I joined my high school track and cross country teams. I didn’t realize it then, but a lifelong love affair started that day I decided to join my dad for a run.