- “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- For me, running was the perfect sport. There were no cuts, no starting line ups. Instead, each race was a wide open opportunity to be, simply put, a better person than you were before you stepped up to the starting line.
I’ve taken so much from the sport of running that I’ve been yearning for a chance to give back. I wanted, in some small way, to try and repay the gifts my coaches gave to me. They gave me what I needed most: a place to build up my confidence and help heal my self critical heart. It was a safe place where I could be part of a team, celebrate the strength of my own body…feel like it was worth being me for once, you know?
So, a few weeks ago, I officially became Coach Candace.
I’m coaching a high school cross country team and loving every moment of it. I honestly believe, buried behind the confused stares and eye rolling, that my loving encouragement is really making an impact on their lives. See?