5 Reasons 13 Year Olds Rule 13.1

Tomorrow, my oldest son and two of his friends are running their first half marathon, the Madison Mini Marathon.

Admittedly, I am about as geeked out about this as you can possibly imagine.  These boys have trained for 14 weeks for this race.  They ran short, long, easy, hard, hills, heat, cool temps.  They met up to run and navigated their way through camps and family vacations.  They are ready and are fully planning to rip it up on Saturday.

Before they run, I want to share 5 reasons why running / training / coaching these kids to 13.1 has been awesome:

These boys are going to rock their first half!
These boys are going to rock their first half!

1. They have no fear.  Young ‘uns are fearless.  They haven’t received a smack down in difficult races or multiple seasons to deter them from trying to reach a big, audacious goal.  They are PRing left, right and sideways.  They are filled with confidence.  And it is awesome!  I don’t know about you, but I miss that feeling of I know I can do this.  And I am inspired by their courage to tackle this distance and excitement to go after it.

2. They are hilarious and authentic.  You know how you love your running partners because it is usually an hour plus of great conversation and bonding?  Well, I was afraid the boys would say no way, Mom, we want to run on our own.  But they didn’t.  They appreciated some guidance and man, we’ve had some fun conversations during our 14 weeks of training.  They are great kids and I’ve enjoyed every moment.  Totally, totally priceless.

3. They’ve worked really hard.  And they’ve embraced it.  When we had a 10 mile run, they wanted to run 11.  When they had an all-night sleepover and were dragging, they showed up, pushed through and got it done.  They willingly got up one morning to meet me at 5:45 am for a long run.  I’ve heard so much about this generation being entitled and not working hard.  These boys have proven to be exactly the opposite.  I am so proud of them.

4. They’ve been totally open to the process.  When is the last time we can all say that?  If I told them to rest, run hard, etc., they trusted in the process.  I think that has served them so well.  I sent an email to their families telling them that if they are concerned or have self-doubts, to remind them to trust in the process, because, we adults have a hard time with that.  But upon thinking about it and  hearing them this morning, it seems they have all along.  They are trusting it will go well.  I know it will serve them well on race day and beyond. If they work hard and put themselves into something, they will see results.

5. Most importantly, they showed up.  Isn’t that what it is all about?  They committed, were all in and trained for 14 weeks.  They nailed it.  They are going to rock it!

Tomorrow is race day.  I am proud and honored to be part of it.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, feel free to send strong, loud and awesome vibes, yells and cheers to these awesome boys.  It is their day!

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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