With all the hubbub building up to the Rio Olympics and Presidential Election, 2016 is a big year for all things running and political. Olympic (and election) years are pivotal in so many people’s lives, and Cole and I are no exception.
After 6 years of running for ZAP Fitness and over a year of battling one injury after the next, Cole has finally decided to part ways with the group that was the reason why both of us moved to Appalachia in 2010. While with ZAP, he saw huge PRs and loved every minute of training with the team. But now it’s time for us to move on.
After a spring of looking for jobs all around the Southeast, he found something that looked like the perfect fit at Carolina Elite Soccer Academy in Greenville, South Carolina – the same club where he commuted from Charleston to play as a senior in high school. One thing led to the next, and just this week he accepted his new position as director and coach with CESA.
Meanwhile, this summer my fall racing plans had been up in the air. Basically as soon as I finished Grandma’s on June 21st, I knew that I really wanted to run the TCS New York City Marathon, but I had to make sure that it was the right fit for this year. As a member of the New York Athletic Club, the NYC Marathon is one of the biggest events of our year. So since joining in 2013, I made it a priority to come up and witness this world-class event on the streets both of the years that I was living in New Jersey.
Now, in the last two weeks, both of our futures have been decided. Cole will start his new job at CESA on August 6th – right around the same time that I will start my training in earnest for the NYC Marathon which will take place exactly 3 months later on November 6th.
While we have loved our time in Boone and Blowing Rock and will sorely miss the communities we’ve loved at ZAP, High Country Soccer Association, St. Mary of the Hills, and Appalachian State University, we are both really excited about the opportunities that our move to Greenville will bring. Let’s just hope that the the Olympics and Election end up being as beneficial as this summer has been for the Atkins!