Ahhh two of my little baby beasts ran the Whistler Half Marathon together a couple of weeks ago, after completing a training cycle under the watchful eye of their Beast Coach. You may know Chloe Jr from the Guest Posts she’s done for the blog, but you probably don’t know her bestie, Chantelle. When I first met Chantelle, she started coming with Chloe to Ladies of the Trails, and her and Chloe would hang out, back of the pack, chatting away the entire time about food. No joke, the entire run was food based. Both of them newer to trail running, it was always fun to take them through the muddier sections and listen to their squeals and watch them try to avoid as much mud as possible.
But, beneath their playful exterior, I knew that Chloe was a super strong runner, and so much stronger than she believed, and as I got to know Chantelle, I realized the besties had that in common as well. Both of them are beautiful strong women, and that strength has come out even more since embarking on training for this race together. Over the past few months they’ve put in the work, never questioned or whined or complained, just put their heads down and ran.
And now, the last time we went running, before this half marathon even took place, Chantelle and Chloe were both up at the front of the pack, asking me about a FULL marathon training plan, and how much work and time would go into it. You could just feel the running love, and how much they’d both grown in their running. It was a super proud beast moment.
This is the story of how their race went. This was Chantelle’s first ever half marathon, and I know first hand how meaningful it is to finish a big goal with a friend by your side. Brings my back to when I finished my first marathon, with Cathy by my side.
Running and friendship often go hand in hand, and I know how close these girls are, and am so happy they’ve also been able to take their friendship onto the trails and onto the pavement, training side by side.