I'm 39 years old and I run 5Ks for one reason, my daughter. I know they are healthy for me, they are a good example of staying active and supporting my community, and they can be fun. But really, I am completely swept away by this girl who wants to keep running them.
For her 12th birthday, she wanted her birthday party to be a 5K Color Run in San Jose. I would have never wanted that as a kid but am invested in supporting her drive that can only lead to good things. So we invited all the girls of her 6th grade class and together with parents and siblings, we created a team of 31 that we called TEAM FIERCE, a tough girl word, of course.
Not only was she booming with joy that day that people wanted to join her healthy pursuit of fun, but she used the opportunity to run a 22min 5K, which earned her the time of 7min/mi, a feat that many cannot do. Now I know I made the right move to follow those footsteps.
I am a runner too but I never pushed it on my 3 kids. I would sign up for races by myself and do my thing. I loved to run and showed it- it gave me energy and proved I was fit to take on the challenges of life because I would just keep running through them. One day when I was a teenager, I tried out for the school soccer team and I was cut- and devastated. I played soccer for years and didn't know what else I could do. As I moped myself toward my locker, the cross-country coach was waiting by the locker room door and she said to me, " I've seen you run, you can train with me to keep you in shape for the soccer seasons to come." Feeling pretty down, I loved that she wanted to take me in and gave it a shot. I NEVER LOOKED BACK. By my sophomore year, I was promoted to the Varsity team and eventually became a Varsity Captain and got to compete at the state championships. Again, all from something I had no idea I could do. I've always wanted to be that coach to someone and lucky for me, it's my little girl.
One day a few years ago, my daughter saw a flyer for a 5K fun run and asked if I could sign her up. Like I have been trained to do as as mom of a teenager, I calmy said,"sure," and walked about my business until I was behind a door and able to do a happy dance to myself. She's been watching me and actions must speak louder than words because she's completed at least 6 5Ks (3.1mi) in the last 3 years and 3 10Ks (6.2mi) too and has no plans of stopping because she keeps getting better each time.
So back to why I run: to help support a girl who still may have no idea what she can do BUT will do it anyway. I understand the struggle of running and have had my share of injury and defeat, but if there's anything I've learned in life, it's that those things have only made me stronger and give me a stride for life that no one can take away from me. I know I can because I run and if I can give my little girl a glimpse of what that feels like to the soul, there is nothing that can stop her from pursuing what will help her share her greatness. And that would be a GREAT thing to teach her about growing up.
- Genevieve Desuasido,
Healthy Life and Success Coach and active mom of 3.
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