Any time there is a national tragedy, we all feel it. And while it often has nothing to do with us personally, it still somehow feels personal. We hear of the victims, and relate them to people in our own lives. We learn of the circumstances, and think of times we innocently did something so similar.
Yesterday’s tragedy in Boston has affected my family deeply. We weren’t there, and thankfully don’t know anyone personally that was affected, but we are runners. And as anyone who runs knows, runners are a family. It has been several years since my marathoning days, but I can remember the feeling of proudly reaching a finish line like it was yesterday.
Since my son was born almost a year and a half ago, I’ve been hesitantly venturing back to to the starting line and lacing up my shoes again. And while the journey back has been rocky and slow (both literally and figuratively), one of the biggest motivators for me is the itch to get back into the running community.
I started running when I wasn’t necessarily at a great place in my life. I was overweight, unmotivated, and generally lacking direction. My best friend and I signed up for a local 5k, bought new running shoes, and never looked back. Running – and the community I’ve met through it – has taught me as much about who I am in the inside, as it has about what I can do physically.
As our family continues to grow and expand, my husband and I hope to continue to run and have our children be part of something that we love so much. Whether that means they will be runners themselves, or part of the cheering squad on the sidelines – it doesn’t matter to me. I just hope that they can take some of the amazing lessons I have learned through running, and carry them with them as they venture on through life.
Here are 10 lessons my son can learn from the running community…
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