This past weekend I, along with my husband and 3 children, visited my husband’s parents (I hate to say in-laws because it sounds so impersonal) in Pittsburgh. Since I worked Friday night we decided to leave after I got home from work and showered. After I got home from work at 7:45 and showered we ended up getting on the road by 8:15 and drove straight through aside from the refueling stops and bathroom breaks for the little ones. We ended up arrived in Pittsburgh at 2am and after unpacking the car and putting the kids in bed we all were asleep by 3am. My husband had found a neat 5k right in his hometown several weeks ago but after getting in bed at 3am, I thought not a chance would we run the next day. The next morning my husband woke up at 7am and asked me if I still wanted to run his hometown 5k and I replied, “No, the kids are probably exhausted so let’s just let them rest.” I really was exhausted as well. But my husband could not accept my reply because he then went to my older daughter, Ava and woke her to ask her if she would like to run a 5k this morning. Of course she replied, “yes, daddy I would love to run.” That was that and I could not deny my 8 year old daughter, Ava so I awoke and dressed the kids and myself in a rush to head out in 15 minutes to drive to the race. My younger daughter, Ella who is 6 years old was excited to run the cool down of the race so she was all dressed in her race gear as well. So we arrived to the race with just 15 minutes to spare with my husband, the 3 kids, and my husbands parents and I quickly registered for both Ava and myself. After putting Ava’s timing chip on her shoe and then myself we lined up at the race start. Ava lined up more towards the middle of the pack based on her race times and I lined up in the front. With just 2 minutes to the race start I asked the girl next to me if the race was hilly and she replied, “This race is like all Pittsburgh races, hilly but fun.” With that I was prepared for a fun challenge. The race started and I ran a medium pace to not go out too quick. As the runners passed me in the first mile I started to push myself to propel up the hills since there were plenty of hills to conquer. Mid way at the turn around I ran back and saw Ava in the distance I slapped her a high five and let her know how great she looked and I too off in a ridiculously quick sprint. At the finish line I ran a speedy downhill and finished 2nd woman overall, with a time of 19:51. Great time for a hilly course, running in my new Pearl Izumi N2 sneakers and pushing on only 4 hours sleep. I was very happy! I then turned around to run back and my younger daughter, Ella joined me to run back and run with Ava to the finish. We ran about 1 mile back and saw Ava smiling as she ran energetically. She was not at all out of breath and she was actually just having a conversation with us effortlessly. We ran with her and she finished proud as her grandparents got the chance to see Ava run for the first time. Dad and brother Brent were also cheering away as Ava ran to the finish line. Ava did not like the hills as much as I did 😉 but she said she would love to do it again. What a challenging day and I would do this all over again in a heartbeat.
Here are our race results:
I share story because this is a metaphor for life. See we all have windows of opportunity in our lives and if we miss them we can often never turn back. If you turned down a relocation job in fear of moving but missed out on a dream job, this was a missed opportunity. Or maybe you missed an opportunity in a relationship because you were not ready to move forward. If we slept in Ava would have missed this memory of the day, Brian’s parent’s would have not seen Ava run a 5k for many years, and I would not have had a chance to run this great time and challenge myself with these hills while bonding with my family. So do not let life pass you by and never miss an opportunity because you are tired ;-). And make the best of all the opportunities that come your way.
Have a great day!