THANK YOU STEPH!!
After an amazing morning in NYC on Sunday where @aliphine
(12th) and @stephrothstein
(13th) ran really fantastic races, we had an awesome night celebrating Steph's final marathon as a pro--her Grit Finale.
It was an honor to get up and say a few words, but I focused on only two--gratitude and belief. I said THANK YOU to Steph for believing in what @jenrosario13
and I were building way back in 2014. THANK YOU for believing in me as a coach. And THANK YOU for believing in this whole crazy transition--bringing in a new head coach (@alanculpepper
) even in her final year. It says a lot about Steph, about her loyalty, her character, and her integrity, that she was so open and understanding during this process.
But above all it says a lot about her belief in herself. Because coaches, and training, and workouts (earmuffs all you athletes out there)...are a little bit overrated. They're important of course, but they mean nothing without an athlete's belief in oneself. And Steph's belief in herself is why this party was even happening. A 5:00miler in high school, and a good college runner but not great, she believed there was more. Not hoped, not wished...BELIEVED. She believed enough to move to Eugene, Oregon, and eventually Flagstaff, Ariz. She believed even after she found out she had Celiac disease. She believed even after having a baby, and then another. And you know what's really cool? Belief begets belief. Steph's belief in herself rubbed off on her teammates, and our staff. We believed in ourselves, and each other, in a deeper way because of Steph. And that collective belief has been vital to our success.
As Steph contemplates her next steps, I have one very simple piece of advice for her. Keep believing in YOU.