By Shannon Patel – Paseo Club Member

Strength.  Endurance. Endless workouts. Time commitments. Training schedules.

 

Every day.  Race day. Excitement. Start. Cruising. Oh no. Pain. Hurt. Dig deep. Can’t go on. Look up. Finish line. Smiling faces. My people. Encouraging. Cheering. Tears. So. Many. Tears.  I did it!

There are so many emotions that you go through when training for an event, whether it be your first marathon or twentieth.  The accomplishments you can achieve are endless when you have the right people in your corner.  People that will be there for you during your highs and lows of training.  People that are going to encourage you when you can’t go on and want to quit.  People that are going to pick you up when you are broken and tell you that you can accomplish anything.

I’m proud to say The Paseo Club trainers are those people in my corner.  I receive so much daily encouragement from each one of them.  From the group classes with amazing instructors, to the weekly run/walks along with the Masters swim program.  Every trainer makes me a better athlete and pushes me to be the best version of me.  That’s not even the best part.  It’s the fact that the Paseo trainers are right there next to me encouraging me every step of the way and come along with me for the journey.  They have a vested interest in my health and achieving any goals that I set.  I adore the fact that I can ask them to do the most outlandish thing and their response without fail is “What time?”, or simply “I’m in.”  There is nobody I’d rather have a 5 AM date with than pounding pavement with my people.

However, you don’t need to jump on the next race advertisement that pops up in your news feed.  The saying is very true of “It’s not about the finish, it’s about the journey.” No matter what you choose your finish line to be, the journey is the part that changes you.  Relationships are created, forged, and sustained through the daily blood, sweat and tears.  This is the beauty of The Paseo Club because it helps create these relationships.  While the Paseo Club promotes health and wellness, the bonus is making new friends and the people that you know will be with you through thick and thin.  Let’s face it, we could all use another person in our corner cheering and ones you can call “my people.”