As a child, I was constantly reminded of how I was more on the chubby side and how I needed to “cut back” as my grandma called it. I didn’t realize the impact it had then, but it was something I was determined to overcome. I remember spending recess walking around the edge of the playground in elementary school. That walk lead up to a jog, and I eventually found my love of running.
I didn’t fully realize how much I loved running until I began track in late middle school. It wasn’t an easy task though. I put in a lot of hard work to increase my endurance. I practiced each day. I started with short distances and over time increased to longer distances. I had to keep my asthma in check as well and learn to keep things steady. Joining the track team really helped me learn to keep things in check. I participated in weight training in school to help keep toned and I loved every minute of track meets.
I still love the feel of air flowing through my hair as I take runs, but it’s also helped me mature in ways I was never prepared for. I learned to be confident, to maintain control, and to prepare in advance. Running taught me discipline, self control, and awareness. It reminded me to never give up and to always give my best. It’s a joy that I now share with my daughter. I love that it’s a joy we can share together. I hope she eventually finds something to love the way I love running. I hope she learns patience, persistence, and goal setting from her new found love.
Speaking of endurance, persistence, and goal setting. Have you heard about THE MIRACLE SEASON?
THE MIRACLE SEASON is based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls’ volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.
THE MIRACLE SEASON hits theaters on April 6th. Mark your calendar now!