Slice of Life Stories hosted
Running makes me tired and sweaty!
Running makes me sore!
Running makes me hate running!
It was the usual summer day in Chicago on Saturday. Sunny and hot. We were ready, waiting at the starting line.
This was my second year participating in Girls on the Run. I was a running buddy for a fifth grade student. It's an amazing program that empowers girls to believe in themselves, develop self-respect and be healthy. The girls met for 12 weeks learning about physical as well as emotional, mental and character development and trained for a 5K.
Me? I did nothing. Zero, zip, zilch. (Bad idea.)
Six thousand (yes, 6000!) girls walking, jogging, and running with their buddies, teachers, moms, aunts, or dads encouraging them every step of the way. There were girls and running buddies of all shapes and sizes. We spotted a girl using a walker with one running buddy beside her and another right behind her with her wheelchair.
I made eye contact with my running buddy.
"Wow," I said. "That's just awesome." My heart strings tugged.
"It's really inspirational." M. replied. She gets this.
We jogged to the next turn.
We walked some more.
I followed my running buddy's lead.
Then, there was a stretch in the second mile that I thought. I. Was. Going. To. Die. (Exaggeration, of course.) My head was hanging low staring at the concrete that my feet were pound-pound-pounding on. I was huffing and I was puffing. I was willing myself to keep moving, to pick up my heavy feet.
I. Can't. Do. This. I thought.
"Come on Mrs. Nero! You can do this!" M. shouted. I picked up my head and smiled.
"I so needed to hear that." I huffed back at my running buddy.
And we did it! It wasn't a record-breaking time, but the goal was to complete the 5K.
However, I did beat my time of 50 minutes last year. We completed the 5K in 46 minutes and 59 seconds. For me, all without training. Imagine if I did a little training. This was my "summer kickoff." Two days into summer and two days of working out!
I'm so proud of all the girls and their running buddies. You GIRLS Rock!
Running makes me feel stronger!
Running makes me healthy!
Running makes me believe!