Team Challenge 2010 Napa Group Run #2

Team ChallengeThis morning I got up and debated whether I wanted to wear shorts or long pants. I finally decided on pants… good choice! It was 45° when we started the run and only warmed up to about 50 by the time we finished. Combined with the fact that I ended up spending extra time standing around at the finish, I would have frozen if I wore shorts!

Anyway, the team had 3 miles on the agenda for today. We had a nice loop course we were going to run… a nice loop with some hills. Hills are good training for Napa!

Since it is Easter weekend, our Team Challenge Endurance Manager had placed 10 plastic easter eggs along the course. Most just contained some candy, but one egg contained temporary tattoos. The person that got that egg will get the next general donation applied to their personal fundraising.

Our team has raised just barely under $15,000 so far toward the overall team goal of $100,000. We have 66 people signed up as members of our team, although only about half of them come to the group runs.

My co-coach Jimmy was not able to be at today’s group run.* Due to this I started out running toward the front of the group so I could observe and make sure people were going the right way. We had a good uphill at the end of our route, upon reaching the end of the course I turned around and ran back down to go up the hill several more time with various team members. Overall I covered 4.75 miles during today’s training.

We did have one runner who accidentally veered off course. I’m not exactly sure where the confusion came in, but she turned when she shouldn’t have and ended up quite a ways off course. We had several people out driving and looking for her. This is the point where I was extremely grateful for wearing long pants, because I hung out at the park to wait in case she showed up there. We did have some people who lived nearby come up to us and said that we had a lost runner. Apparently she had stopped them to ask for help or directions, but they said she turned in a different direction than what they told her to do. This tip helped us to hone in on where our lost runner was. She was kind of angry upon finishing, but I think it stemmed from frustration. And she was able to turn it around and put a positive spin on it by saying, “Hey, at least I got 4 miles done today!”

*Jimmy was timing a race, Desert Sky Adventures was contracted to time a race that wasn’t one of our own productions.

I am coaching a group of runners for the organization Team Challenge. They are fundraising for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America while training to run the Napa to Sonoma half marathon in July.


  1. Jill – good for you guys – so happy to hear how well your team is doing both in training and fundraising! Tell your friend not to worry too much – I once got lost on a run in Abilene, TX and a morning 6.25 miler turned into a 11 mile tempo run (I had to bust it to get back in time for a meeting!).

    I remember thinking that I didn’t even know Abilene was big enough to get lost in – but I ran some monster splits that morning. Happens to the best of us!

    Take good care! J

  2. Sounds like you may want to keep an eye on that girl, or she could be getting lost every week. I have to admit, if it weren’t for Lis, i would have gotten lost on a lot of our long runs, but why was she asking people for help if she wasn’t going to listen to what they told her? Anyway, sounds like you are going to be a great coach!

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