Coach Candace

“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?

20 thoughts on “Coach Candace

  1. lol…your drawings are always so educational…so how does one become a high school cross country coach? I thought you had to be a teacher or at least already part of the school district somehow? And congrats BTW!

    • A friend here introduced me to the head coach and he let me join the team! So now I am considered a school district employee. It’s a dream come true!

    • Kari, I can’t believe they are working you so hard! I want them to stop it already, you’ve got a marathon to train for and a summer to enjoy! :( Miss you too, I’ll plan something so I can see your beautiful face soon!

  2. Way to go, Candace! Way to influence those young minds – by showing them that our creaky old legs still have some miles left on them!

  3. This is fabulous! So happy for you! This definately calls for crafty “coach candace” gear (shirts,jackets,socks,etc)! You can make them for yourself, but tell your team they are provided to all new “school distric employees!” to save face!:) You rock!

    • Teresa, so happy to read your comment!! Thank you – I am so excited. I think you’re right, anyone – even me – can rock the short shorts better than Mr. K! :)

  4. You will be an inspiration to them all. What a fun new journey. You can get some tips on how to wrangle teen-agers from SIL. I am glad I am related to you both. I will go to heaven on your shirttails Love mamap

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