About a month ago we attended the 30th Annual Kids Classic Fun Run. The Kids Classic is a free running event meant to encourage physical fitness and track interest in Pre K – 6th grade students.
I signed Marissa up to run in a “competitive” race, one lap around the stadium. Emily was excited to run a race too (a not so competitive race across the football field where everyone gets a ribbon).
I have to be honest. I was NERVOUS for Marissa. Part of it was wanting to see her succeed. As a homeschooler the kid doesn’t have a lot of experience with competitive sports, let alone with a group of 20 some girls the same age as her. I was nervous she would be scared and I was nervous she would quit. I just wanted her to do her best, not give up and be proud of herself whatever the outcome.
I watched her line up with the group of girls and my stomach was flipping and flopping.
They took off and I had no idea what to expect.
Before I knew it she had pulled away from the pack and was running in 4th place.
I went from sitting, to standing, to standing at the front of the bleachers then jumping up and down yelling and cheering her on all in about 30 seconds.
She ran and ran her little heart out and the little girl that I was so nervous for did something I never imagined her doing. She came in 4th place earning herself a spot in the top 6 and a medal.
Words can not express how proud I felt at that moment. Sure the medal was an awesome bonus but seeing her so persistent, focused and just watching her run. It was awesome.
Still on an emotional high I had to scurry off to run with Emily. We joined the group and made our run down the football field.
It was a great day on the track with my girls.
I hope and pray for many more in the future.