A while ago we had friends over for dinner. Mother (M) & daughter (m) have recently taken up running increasing from 0kms to 5km & then to 10km fun runs all in their first year of running. M's sister B is a half marathon runner, & she & I both have been encouraging them (although B got them going to start with!). The 4 of us are going to the gold coast to run our respective 21.1 & 10km distances as part of the Gold Coast Marathon event later this year.
After showing M & m around our new abode, M said to me, now, I promised m that I'd ask you if she could have a look at your running medals - would that be OK?
m had been a swimmer & a basketballer through primary school & early high school & had lots of winning medals & ribbons for these events (currently in year 11). I was surprised anyone, especially m who'd already won so many finals & events would want to see my participation medals & said as much to M. She exclaimed vehmently "No Cat - each & every one of these medals represent all the hard work you put in to complete each of these events!!! You should be so proud of them!"
She also said that she'd be buggered if she was going to pay to run a 5 or 10km event & not be given some bling to prove that she bloody well did it!!!
I guess the lesson for me is to appreciate that I have worked hard. I have completed these distances & I should be proud of my hard work no matter the time (or if I had to walk for a bit).
Santa gave me a couple of medal display hangers for Christmas so it's about time I took the medals off the rung on the coat rack hung them up properly to remind me how far I have come & to be proud of my achievements. Plumbing Boy finally got around to doing that for me on the weekend. Timely considering the Marathon is on Sunday!!!! It's time draw on these achievements & take some pride in my hard work & get my head in the game!