I’m super excited and inspired by today’s Motivational Monday’s highlight runner! This amazing ultra runner and inspirational woman happened to be representing the Girls on the Run program, at the Iowa Running Company’s Ladies Night, which I guest spoke at almost two weeks ago now. Her name is Kelly Teeselink and man oh man, is she the real deal! I was personally so inspired by her that I asked her if she’d be open to sharing her story and allowing me to interview her for my RMC Podcast. It didn’t take much coercing and since she was so pleasantly wiling, today I give you “How One Gritty Ultra Runner Gives Back thru Girls on the Run”, a two part podcast and GRIT campaign highlight.
Part 1 – Spreading Girls On the Run Education
I was so grateful to be part of an evening (the Iowa Running Co. Ladies Night) and event, where 100% of the proceeds got paid forward to the Girls on the Run Program. Even better yet, Kelly and I made a fun running connection and as always I went home that evening inspired by another runner’s story.
Kelly’s story is unique and dynamically rounded with her leadership and involvement with Girls on the Run (GOTR) but, also because she has progressed now to the 100 mile ultra distance. She attributes part of her ultra running success to the confidence she gained thru learning that body image has no relevance to the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment gained from running. This is part of what stoked her initial passion to become a GOTR coach and to try to positively influence girls at a much younger age with the same realization.
On a side note, some of you that have been my blessed loyal followers, already know that last fall I ran the Chicago Marathon for the Girls on the Run Charity. Here are a few of those blog posts, leading up to the marathon.
- What is GOTR and What Does it Have To Do With Me? – http://runnermomcoach.com/what-is-gotr/
- 26.2 Miles for You, and You, and You!! – http://runnermomcoach.com/26-2-miles-for-you-and-you-and-you/
- Girls on the Run – Chicago Marathon Update – http://runnermomcoach.com/girls-on-the-run-chicago-marathon-update/
Thru out the process last fall, I discovered that not enough people knew about the Girls on the Run program. So I was very happy to interview Kelly and help her not only share her story, but also use my platform to help educate others about the Girls on the Run Program.
Girls On the Run Is Much More Than Just Running
Kelly elaborates on the other character building aspects of the GOTR program. In fact, she states, “It is NOT to develop competitive runners!” The program is more so to help build confidence in young girls, teach mechanisms for blocking out negative self talk, and how to not only accept yourself but how to accept the best in others.
We both agreed, that we wished there were some equivalent program around for us as young girls.
Part 2 – GRIT Talk with Kelly Teeselink
Hopefully by now, you have discovered the RMC Podcast and subscribed to it, so that you don’t miss out on any upcoming episodes. I decided to split my interview with Kelly into two parts. Part 1 – Episode 13, being dedicated to Girls on the Run. And Part 2 – Episode 14, being dedicated to asking Kelly some of her thoughts and personal experiences with GRIT.
I’m very fascinated with the sport psychology and principles behind the GRIT mentality for runners. I truly believe that if we can get more runner’s to adopt this mindset, they may be able to strive for new, harder, or more challenging goals. A few general questions that I posed to Kelly were;
- What is your definition of GRIT?
- Do you have specific people, athletes, or runners, that you think of as gritty?
- Does you think that runner’s GRIT is innate and instinctive or can it be learned and developed as a culture or lifestyle?
- Would you consider someone with GRIT, or even yourself, as being an obsessive person? (I’m eager to debunk the association general society carries with the extreme distance)
- When and how did you gain or grow your grit?
- What is it internally that makes you continue to pursue your passion or interest in running? Thru out training or during an 100 mile race?
- If GRIT and self control are related, how have you been tested to prove this? (the ability to resist temptation)
- What do you think you possesses that allows you to have the ability to sustain hard efforts for a long duration of time?
- How would you advise others on how to become GRITTY or grow their own grit?
Kelly will be the first of many I hope to interview this year for my podcast and GRIT campaign. You can find links for listening or subscribing, to several podcast hosting platforms via the RMC Podcast tab at the top of this page. Stay tuned and enjoy!!!