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Monday, February 20, 2017

Motivational Monday-Steps For Students 2017

January flew by me this year.  I seriously have not been able to get a grip on things.  Here we are in February, to our first race of the year for our family. 

Steps for Students is an annual race we have started to take a part in to support our friends who have children in the surrounding Catholic schools.  It is a family fun run that is always fun to participate in and of course, contribute to the cause.  This year, it happens to be the first race we do as a family.
My son just turned eighteen this month and will be graduating in May.  Education has always been important to me.  I am trying to make sure my kids understand how important education should be for them.  As he becomes a young adult, I hope moments like this will keep him grounded.  I always enjoy running side by side with him, even if he does beat me by a whole 10 minutes. 

-Teaching them to start and finish things in life.
-You may not be the winner every time but you can continue to improve.
-Community can be, do, and overcome anything.
-In life you have choices, to watch life (the race) from the sidelines or to be a part of something.

We laugh.  We compete against each other.  We motivate each other to do better.  We do it together.
After each race, I always reflect about the struggle.  Because let me tell you, the struggle was real.  I have not competed in a race in a very long time.  Like I said, life has had me busy.  I set goals and then life happens.  When I started the race, I started side by side with my son.  Daddy pushed the Princess on the stroller because her struggle was real too this day.  She decided she was not running.  She wanted to be a part of the race but not actually participate.  I feel her pain.  That morning I thought, why did I do this to us?  Anyways, I told my son good luck as he took off right after we crossed the start line.  I then focused on not stopping.  It was hard.  I knew the faster I went, the faster I would finish.  My body started to play tricks on me.  Soon enough the water station was in the distance and I took my jog to a walk.  Passing the last trash can, my body knew it was time to start jogging again.  This happened a second time at the second water station.  I saw little kids, older people, and even nuns pass me.  Yes, nuns.  When I came around the corner, I could see the finish line and I knew what I had to do.  Run, Forrest, Run.  And just like that, it was over.  I did it. 

The journey along the way will make you think twice about your final destination but you must never forget what your goal is.  Mine was to start and finish this 5K.

Now, to start recovering for the next one. 

14 comments:

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great family building day! The nun part made me giggle! Congrats on making to the finish line!

Hurried Hostess said...

What a great cause! Keep it up!

Val Around Town said...

Congrats on finishing- you never gave up and that is what is important! I can relate to those days when you little one doesn't cooperate - they seem to be by the dozens now that she is a threenager! Good Luck and hope you continue to find joy in running!

Amber Lucas said...

What an awesome family activity! Congratulations on the race.

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leena vuor said...

Alba, I too believe education is of great importance for the younger generation and I must give you kuddos for your participation in the 5K run. A couple of weeks ago, I ran with my son in a 5k that benefitted his school and had a great bonding experience with him as well. Keep up the great work and being the best mom you can be! Thanks for sharing, loved it! www.exploreandadore.com

FashionableFoodie said...

Thank you for sharing! I am so inspired by your words! Stay the course.

CHIMEE AHAIWE said...

Congrats on finishing! Such an awesome accomplishment!

Kierra Canier said...

What a good event. I love participating in events like this. Makes you feel good.

MsIndependent said...

Congrats to you and the family. I know that struggle was very real, but you did it! So happy for you.

Michelle Heath said...

Congrats on finishing the race! Those races that hit us harder than others are always the ones that feel the best to accomplish. You go!

StreamofMay said...

That was an intense read! Props to you for running specially for such a sweet cause! You're awesome!

Shalanda Turner said...

What a great cause Alba! This is so nice that your family participates in this every year. And yes, I agree that January flew by, and now February has gone by just as fast!

Ashley J. said...

Great cause to get out there and support as a family!

Something Gold, Something Blue said...

Congratulations on finishing the race! Running and I are not friends, so crossing the finish line is always a feat for me! :D