Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A big shout out to my son last night. He earned his varsity letter for cross country in his senior year. I know he wonít read this, but I told him last night. I was a proud papa. He only ran 3 years and most of last year and this year he was bothered by shin splints. I know from my own experience those suck and it isnít easy to keep running. He and the coach managed to find a training plan to mitigate the effects somewhat and he was able to race each week. A few times I had to put my arm around a sweaty, stinky, smelly kid and help him walk back to the tent since his shins hurt so bad, but I wouldnít change it for the world. He stuck with it and the determination he showed will serve him well. It wasnít as good a senior year as he wanted, but he did the best he could and ran his fastest time at the end of the year.
So to my son: Keep up the hard work and life will be good for you. Doors will open you may not have known were there. Donít be afraid to open them and see what life has to offer. Continue to let the boy live inside the fine young man you are growing into. I get told all the time you are such a great, kind, and caring young man. I know life will not always be easy but I also know you will make the best of any situation and bring a light that others will see. Never let a smile be far from your face and make sure to feel that smile with your whole self. Others see it and know that it comes from your heart.
Mainly, thanks for being a great son and making this proud dad's life better for you just being you.
Okay, brought tears to my own eyes.
So, I will do it evidently. Unless something trips me up over the next few days, and this is the start of the holiday season so that may happen. But it looks like I am about to cross the 1500 exercise minutes in a month plateau. But considering that tomorrow is the start of a 4 day weekend, I should be able to get in 80 or more minutes of fitness. If I am not mistaken this will be the first time I have hit this mark. Actually I know I will make it simply because I know I will need to after dinner and brunch tomorrow.
So, anyway, not much else to add, except have a great thanksgiving everyone. I hope your day is filled with friends and family and great food. Healthy and even a little treat or two. It may not fit the plan but moderation will be key. That is more a reminder to myself than anyone else.