My girl represented in the Arlington Science Focus School February Marathon Challenge, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Not because it’s running, but because she knows that I want her to run – and, be honest, what do you do when one of your parents wants you to do something? Exactly… the opposite.
She ran more than 26.2, which makes it an ultra marathon. And she did it smiling and laughing most of the time. And she spent lots of time on trail.
But what really impresses me the most is when she realizes the importance of dedication and commitment, as well as the positive benefits of genuine suffering. She may complain when she’s doing it, but afterwards she thanks me (usually). Or tells me how much she enjoyed the amazingly miserable experience. Since we speak our own private language, I totally get what she means.
Somewhere deep inside this girl is a very wise soul who can get anything she wants out of life. One of my many highlights of the month was her decision to climb a very steep section of trail at the end of a 9-mile tough technical trail run (there was a much easier route).
And of course the other highlight is the Wolfpack bRUNch party we had to celebrate her victory. She loves the Wolfpack as much as I do, and we really appreciate the gifts and encouragement and run love.
If she never runs again, but applies what she learns to whatever she wants to do – I will be one happy mama. But in the meantime, I get to savor her big finish.