Wow, I’m going to the Olympic Marathon Time Trials in Houston, Texas this weekend! No, I won’t be running in the time trials, but I will be watching. The top 3 female runners to cross the finish will comprise the 3 woman team competing for the USA this summer at the 2012 Olympics in London. There has never been a more competitive field of female distance runners than will be running this year. My strong desire to witness this historical event and my deep passion for running are not the only reasons I am attending this event. I will be cheering on one of our own Emerge Fitness clients, Jackie Pirtle-Hall, who will be competing in the Olympic Time Trial Marathon race. Jackie happens to also be my daughter.
Needless to say, I’m a proud mama but my pride goes far beyond Jackie’s running ability. What makes me most proud of her is that she is not only a runner but also a wife; a mother; and a full time high school teacher along with everything that comes along with these special roles. Knowing that she is up at 4:00 a.m. to train, runs 80 plus miles most weeks, trains with her personal trainer, Matt Pirtle, at Emerge every week – and makes a point of remembering that her husband Jonathan and daughter Sam are the most important in her life is simply amazing to say the least.
If you’ve read my running blogs in the past, you know that I run because it’s fun, it’s hard and I like competing against myself. As I’ve said to several of my clients, it’s one of the best fat burning cardio workouts you can do, and I can personally attest to that. Even better, distance running takes me mentally to the “good place”. Speaking of good places, Houston is where it’s at Saturday, January 14th and I couldn’t be more excited.
Beth Pirtle