With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought I would share a little bit about how my mom has affected me throughout my running career. Besides coaches, moms are some of the most influential people to young runners. Moms are often the one driving kids to races, reminding them to bring their coat and water to practice, washing their uniform, packing snacks, and buying new running shoes every season. They are one of the few voices you recognize cheering you on from the sidelines during races. They offer unconditional support and think you are the best no matter what the results of the race may say. Young runners would not be able to do it alone without the help of loving mothers.

My mom has always been involved in activities to help my team. She cooked food at running camps, worked concessions at meets, raised money for the team, and organized plans for our team to go to nationals. I cannot think of a single race where my mom was not there to support and encourage me. She stood beside me as I experienced wins as well as losses. She has helped me learn the meaning of success and challenged me to be my best for as long as I can remember. I could not have achieved my goal of competing in 12 Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships without her. Because I run, I have learned, because of my mom, to believe in myself and that I can achieve my goals if I set my mind to it. So don’t forget to thank your mothers this weekend for all they do to support you while you do what you love!