Dirt Divas and Dudes, Season 7! I’m so proud to be a Dirt Diva and run with Coach Keira Henninger. I’ve run with the Dirt Divas for two seasons and have seen a lot of improvement. Last year at this time, I ran my first 50k, Ray Miller in 10:39. I joined the Dirt Divas right after Ray Miller and worked hard that season for my second 50k, Leona Divide. I improved so much and ran that race in 9:16. The second season began after Leona in May 2016. I trained hard again, putting in lots of miles including eight 20+ milers and ran Ray Miller 50k again in 8:50. I thank my success to my coach, Keira, and my teammates!!!
I sported my new Altra Olympus 2.0 trail shoes to commemorate my third season.
The new team, Dirt Divas and Dudes, Season 7! We introduced ourselves and Coach Keira talked to us about how her team works–we have practices on two Saturdays and one Sunday and one weekend off. We get the schedule on Team Snap. You get out of it what you put in. All the good stuff.
Coach Keira really surprised me when she spent some time talking about me to the group. I was embarrassed to have so much attention! Eek! She told the new group that I really helped her last season even though I didn’t even know it. (Which I didn’t.) She suffered from copper poisoning and was very sick, a lot, last season. She sometimes couldn’t make it to practice and I would start the runs. I also helped organize runs on off weekends. It really wasn’t a big deal to me–I had to run anyway and I like helping! She said I would be a mentor for everyone and help guide. She named me Dirt Diva of the Season!!!!!!! She said I would have comped entries to all of her races! Wowww, just wowwww!!!
I was so touched by her kind words. I really didn’t realize I helped that much. Really, it’s an honor to just have her as my coach and be on the team. I’m always happy to help. I was on such a high after that. I think back to how I just started trail running about a year and 8 months ago and how far I’ve come. This is one of the biggest honors I’ve ever had and I’m so moved. Thank you, Coach Keira!
After the talk, we got to running! We ran at Griffith Park, starting at the Merry-Go-Round side to the Compost Center.
I got to run with new teammates and chat with them on the run. Super fun!
At the turn-around, my new teammate, Ken was sitting there! We asked him what he was doing and he was signing up for the Tahoe 200!!! Lol!!! Hilarious! We were cracking up. That’s what it’s like to be on an ultrarunning team! Lol.
It was a great first run with the Season 7 Dirt Divas and Dudes team! We’re going to have another great season and I look forward to getting to know everyone! Go DDDs!
Your path, your pace, Tam