Written by Ann Brennan
Let me start by saying, you could not pay me to complete a 24-hour treadmill run. I am generally up for any challenge but 24 hours on a treadmill is a step too far. That being said, I am in utter awe of Coach Jeff Kline who is doing just that today. And as if the sheer feat of running that long in the same spot were not enough, Jeff is doing this only weeks before undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. He is truly amazing.
But I knew that before. I knew that the first time I saw a video of Jeff, fuming about a letter one of his new clients had received from a trainer she had tried to hire before Jeff. The letter basically stated that this particular coach refused to take her on as a client because she was too fat and too slow. When I saw how upset Jeff was with this letter I knew he was the coach I wanted on my side.
Within a few weeks, Jeff was training me and my husband. With his help my husband has continuously PR’d at the half and full marathon distance. This is impressive to me, but because my husband is so driven not such a surprise.
What was a surprise was the way Jeff trained me for my first Ironman. When I told him I was ready to tackle the Ironman again after a DNF at Ironman Austria in 2004, he set me up with a two-year plan, building my strength and endurance with races starting at the sprint and ending at the Ironman. He trained me like a professional athlete, pushing me on tired legs throughout the training so that on race day I would know how it felt getting off the bike and onto the run course. But best of all he helped me to be more than an Ironman finisher. He helped me to create and reach a goal I never believed I could achieve. The day I completed the Beach to Battleship Ironman was one of the happiest days of my life and I could not have done it without this man.
Not only did Coach Jeff train me throughout the two years before the race but on the day of the race he spent hours on the phone with my husband, giving him directions for me, reminding me of all of the little things we needed to do throughout the day to hit my target. Because he lives in a more remote area of Colorado, he sat outside the Whole Foods in the nearest town and refused to move until he knew I had crossed the finish line. Now, that is support.
Today, I am asking you to visit The 24-Hour Treadmill Site and bid on one of the many products available or to make a straight donation to help Jeff complete his run and meet his goal. It is for a great cause but more importantly it is for a great man.