As I have mentioned a million times, I love running. I had to give it up for a while due to foot issues, but that didn’t change my love. I am done with physical therapy and was given the go ahead to start running again…slowly. I told the therapist, “at 41 the only running I do is slow” but I knew what she meant and actually got scared about starting and hurting my feet again.
Then, a fellow homeschooler found a cross country team for homeschooled kids starting at Caitlyn and Sue’s ages. I could not wait to get home and sign them up. I know other parents say they don’t want to push their kids, but I will fully admit, I am being pushy when it comes to running.
I had no athletic abilities whatsoever growing up. T-Ball was a bust, ping pong and volleyball were a disaster. I had nothing. And it it was hard. I watched other kids get acceptance and acclaim from sports, but it never happened for me. Ever. As much as we say brains are more important, or at least as important, they aren’t, not when it comes to approval.
I never found anything I could do until my 30s when I started running with Wii Fit and then decided to try running for real outside, and I could do it!! Now, I don’t set any records, but each running goal I have set for myself I have reached, except the half marathon, I am still reaching for that. And the runners high–I fell in love with it early on.
Call me selfish, I want running for my girls. Jr. High, er Middle School and High School would have been so much more bearable if I had running. I want that for them, I do. Yes, I understand, they may find another sport that suits them better, but for now, I want to give them a place to start, something they can enjoy, something they can excel at no matter what.
I want that for them.Survive til you Thrive!