It was with the memory of my rubie self that motivated me to recently track down my friend and hero Beth Baker. She is a fabulous woman, a leader, a coach (of her running/coaching business Running Evolution), a Oiselle product tester, and a fixture in our neighborhood by the Nest and around Green Lake. We fly by each other on the paths – trading high fives and her signature butt slap. As we’ve each grown our businesses, we’ve shared encouraging words, stories, laughs.
One of the things I love most about Beth is her voice. The sound of her voice is great, yes. And for those of you who know her, hello, her LAUGH. So amazing.
But mostly I mean her writing voice. In every piece I’ve read from her (website, email newsletters), her fun, funny, encouraging, silly, smart, woman-forward voice is turned up to full volume. She’s the coach with the megaphone telling us to keep going, keep laughing, keep enjoying each other. And yes, to keep our big girl pants on.
Because the only secret to becoming a runner is to run. One, two, left, right… no matter the pace, the day, or anything else. It's the motion not the measure.
And it’s people like Beth that I would most like new runners to know and hear. She’s definitely someone I would’ve loved to know back in those early awkward days…when all I had were the trees, unable to tell their secrets.
Please look for a new Run 101 post twice per month. And PLEASE share these with any rubies in your life.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I present you with our first installation of our Run 101 Series, from the woman herself: BETH BAKER!