Hillary

What would you say to Hillary today?

So that is the prompt for today.  I had to wait until today to actually write this post for obvious reasons and also to think about what I was going to say.  For those that know me well, know that I don’t really get into politics and like to keep my opinions to myself.  So having said that, I’m not going to talk about the election, but rather another form of girl power that has been on my mind today.

About 7 years ago I went on a one wo-man journey and found my love of running.  It all started on a treadmill in a basement with spurts of jogging intermixed with bouts of walking.  I slowly started jogging more and walking less until I eventually could jog the whole 30 minutes.  This was before Couch to 5K, before I had any goals in mind.  I just did it because I found that I enjoyed running.  Fast forward a year and I was training for my first full marathon.  26.2 miles.  It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life.  Rates up there with childbirth!

But then life got in the way, and my runs became less and less.  Then I had an aching Achilles tendon every time I ran and I just stopped altogether.  One day recently as I was re-evaluating some things, I decided I really missed running and wanted to slowly start back to see if I could at least get back up to a 5k distance.  I installed a C25K app and set out jogging.  I loved every second of it.  Samantha even came with me the first time around my neighborhood.

Last night I had it on my schedule to run.  It was late, dark, and I really didn’t want to go.  I still had to cook dinner and get ready for the next work day.  Let’s face it.  I was making excuses.  So Anna motivated me to go by saying she’ll go with me.  It was so wonderful.  Anna is the kid who used to hate any form of physical activity and now she is going to crossfit with me and running with me 🙂  While we were running, she said she would love to go with me every time and would like to sign up for a 5k together.  I can’t tell you how happy that made me.

This is proof that our kids are watching us, learning from us, wanting to be like us.  Even into their teen years.  It is so important to set a good example, to find things you like to do together.  I am still shaping her life.  My job is not done yet.

So Hillary, thank you for showing my daughters that a woman can run for president.  That we are capable of great things and have so much more to offer.

~Shelly

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