Tradewinds First Training Run!


After a plethora of conversations, meetings, lessons about stretching, shoe fittings, and questions of “when are we going to start training?” from the students…we are officially underway!

Last week, the cold weather subsided and the team bundled up, laced up their sneakers and headed outside for the first training run of this Boilermaker project. The sun and temperatures in the low 30s, felt like a heat wave to us Central New Yorkers - it was the perfect day to start running!

I was nervous all day leading up to this run, if I’m being honest. I’ve known for weeks that these students had an interest in participating in the project, and I was hoping that would not change once they started running. Running for distance can be extremely difficult if you are not adequately prepared. I couldn’t help but have all these worries running through my head.

I am thrilled to report, however, that all of these worries disappeared once our first run began! When the running staff and I met the students outside for stretches, it was obvious that they were feeling a lot of emotions. Some were nervous, some were excited, but mostly everyone was a combination of both. After we stretched out, I took the time to give them a few important reminders. First, I assured them of their safety and well-being. Since our first run was only going to measure one-quarter of a mile, I was fully confident in their ability to complete this run without having to stop for a quick break, and that they would complete the run with flying colors. I also reminded them of multiple important tips for distance-running, including pacing themselves, staying with the group, and making sure to breathe regularly. Lastly and most importantly, I reminded them that we are a team, and that we must all look out for each other every step of the way.

The run itself went as well as I could have hoped, and the team finished a quarter of a mile without any issues. Between the music bumping, students laughing at a staff member’s jokes, and classmates waving from the school windows to cheer us on, the whole experience was extremely positive. Some students certainly struggled through the run more than others, but everyone pushed themselves to be the best that they could be, and that is all that any of us can ask for. For every one moment of exhaustion felt by any given member of the team, there were many more moments of accomplishment and excitement when they crossed the finish line.

We are going to continue encouraging these students to be their very best, and we can’t wait to see where this journey takes us. Stay tuned for the next update!

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