I was going to write a Post about how important Crews are to ultra's or how trashed my quads are and my worries over how to train from here but then today I saw the most impressive display of Perseverance.
You see I think the most important determining factor of success for a 100 mile race is attitude and perseverance. I wonder all the time if people are born with perseverance or if they develop a never give up attitude through out life. I still don't know the answer but I now can tell you there is some sort of innate sense in kids that allows them to just keep going. Duhhh....right, they have to learn to walk and talk and well do everything adults can do, it is a long hard process. Ehhh but this is my blog so I am still going to share my proud mama moment.
Chloe my sweet sweet 3yr old (no i am not biased, lol) wants more than anything to be a Hockey player like her Dad, Brothers and Cousin Joe. She is in a week long skating/hockey camp this week but, she hasn't been on the ice in months. On Monday she went out there and repeatedly fell and got up for over an hour. She never gave up, she never cried, she didn't even get help from the coaches. She isn't a crier and the wheel that doesn't squeak doesn't get attention so, there she was out on the ice, out of my reach and my heart broke as I watched her try over and over again to skate. By today she was still the slowest kid but now she was gliding and learning to skate backwards and still trying. Watching makes me want to cry or rush out and help her but you know thank goodness for this sport. I get to watch my daughter fight, I get to see what she is made of, she gets to see what she is made of. I am so proud of her. I don't think at 3yrs old I could have spent an hour falling down and standing back up over and over again and not cried or stormed off the ice but, she can.
My little Chloe showed me the definition of Perseverance today and I cannot tell you how proud I am of her. She is amazing. Anytime a race gets hard I am going to think of today and watching her fight so patiently for her goal.
Ironically I have always hoped that Chloe would learn from my example. That she would know a person can do absolutely anything they put their mind to. That there are no limits except the ones we impose on ourselves but....ummmm...well she seems to already understand that. Who is the parent here anyway??? LOL.
Happy Running All!!
Hope you find a Chloe moment this week.