Fueled by beef, determination, and hundreds of miles of running my favorite 7th grade cross country runner brought home her first Junior High Cross Country victory Tuesday evening. The course was hilly and the temperature was in the 90′s but she demonstrated a toughness that made her Mama proud.
She laughs that it was her “good luck shorts” that brought on the victory, but we both know that she won this race with each one of the miles of practice that she put in this summer. The euphoria of victory is so much sweeter when it comes with the realization that the best things don’t come easy.
In her Mama’s eyes, she attained victory before the race even began. Victory occurred when she learned to set goals and self-motivate to achieve them. Victory came with the realization that having a passion for something and working hard to full fill that passion is what life is all about.
If you missed the precursor post regarding my daughter’s summer running “habit” click here: http://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/250-miles-stronger/
I tease her that it is her Mama’s home grown beef that makes her run so fast. She rolls her eyes and says, “Mother”…But, I would like to point out that the muscles that are clearly visible in the victory picture at the top of this post are the product of a good balanced diet that includes daily portions of beef. The girl’s got (ZincIronProtein) ZIP and holy smokes does she ever run fast!