Did you ever have someone believe in you even when you didn’t believe in yourself? Coach Jim Felty is one of those people for me. He is a huge part of my story and I honestly never would have started this journey without his pushing. Coach Felty and I met in Kitsap County, Washington through my husbands coworkers….the whole Navy family really is a small one. I had signed up for a marathon and was thinking maybe I could finish it under four hours, Jim told me I could run under 3 hours and I said “You are loco!” He was completely serious. It was the push I needed and ever since then I’ve been focused on running down a dream. He is not only one of the most supportive friends I have but he is completely hysterical, will have you laughing for an entire 10 mile run, and most of all is extremely giving with him time, patience, & knowledge. He coached me for three years and now that I am “on my own” across the country I feel confident that he has taught me everything I need to know….like a little Jedi Knight in training is the ongoing joke.
Kitsap Sun writer Terry Mosher published a story on Coach Felty that made me smile and sums up Jim much better than I could. Here is the link: (Sorry I could not direct link it. Kitsap Sun was not having any of that 😉
New Klahowya track coach can’t sit still http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/mar/13/terry-mosher-new-klahowya-coach-cant-sit-still