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Running With TFK

July 18, 2013 by Gail Kislevitz

You’d think that being a runner for more than 30 years would prepare me for answering the question, “Why do I run?” Well, it isn’t so easy. My answer could vary depending on the day, my mood, or what I am training for. In fact, most of the time I just look dumbfounded at the questioner because running for me is so instinctual. But I will tell you that ever since I have been a coach for Team for Kids, I now have an answer to Why I Run. I run for TFK! The best part of being a TFK coach is hanging out with our TFK members and getting to them.  They all have such interesting backgrounds and reasons that brought them to TFK. And they inspire me.

Like last week at a Monday workout. I ran with the beginners, whom I love! They are so full of awe and wonder at the journey they have started. And so full of questions, like, “What should eat? What should I wear? Can I drink alcohol before a race? Will I make it to the starting line? Are there bathrooms on the course?” It brings me back to my first marathon and the thrilling fear I felt at this seemingly insurmountable goal of mine. I ran it with my BFF and we did everything wrong, (I didn’t have a TFK coach by my side!) But we laughed and talked and had a ball for 26.2 miles and I got hooked on marathons. 

And that’s why I love running with TFK. It brings me back to the thrill of crossing my first finish line and reliving that moment again and again. For every TFK member that crosses the ING NYC Marathon on November 3, I will be there to rejoice, share the glory, document the moment and celebrate the victory.
Join me as I blog about our TFK runners and our mission of bringing the joys of running to kids in underserved communities who without the TFK fundraising, may never get to cross their starting line to a better, healthier lifestyle.


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