I tease my Mother that she is not a spring chicken anymore. Truth of the matter is at 73 that she has more strength, endurance and will to push herself than most people half her age. Some days even me.
She has fire.
My mother is inspiring for many reasons. I would bet that she has no idea how many people in how many different ways are inspired by her. By her love of family. By her faith. By the way she lives her life. By the way she sees the best in people. By the way she lives her life. Like many, here life has not always been easy and it’s not my story to tell but through it all she has never given up and kept moving forward.
That is how she got running.
Moving forward. Starting with one step at a time. Starting with walking. Then walking and running. Then setting small goals turning into bigger goals and sticking to it even when it didn’t work out. She is primed and ready for us to run her first 5K and she knows it won’t be any time soon now. So rather than put her shoes away, she made a new goal.
She decided she wanted to run 5 miles. Then she did.
Then she ran 7 miles by mistake the first time but has since done it again and again.
My mother calls me her coach although she doesn’t always listen. She sometimes does her own thing without telling me till it’s too late, but that is a different story. While that may be true, I am impressed with her stamina to keep pushing herself. I give her lots of advice…. Make sure she stretches. Make sure she rests. Make sure she pays attention to time on her feet and recovery. Lots of advice that she listens to 80% of the time.
Right now I am actually trying to reign her in because although she is doing great, I do worry that she is going to injure herself as she jumped her miles too quickly (not my advice) and her longer runs can be almost 2 hours.
I need to pay attention to the advice that I give her too. Although it is always so much easier to give advice than take it.
Anyway today on National Running Day, I wanted to celebrate a new member to the running tribe…. My Mom.
There is no test to take to be a runner. There is no pace required to be a runner. There is no distance required to be a runner. No races that need to be run. The only thing required is that you run and YES… she runs. So I herby decree that she is the Accidentally Running Grandma:)