If you were to ask me what woman has inspired me the most; you might think that I would say Dara Torres (stilling rockin’ it in the pool at the Olympic level well into her 40’s), or Chrissie Wellington who shocked the triathlon world with her World Championship debut win and an undefeated Ironman distance record since, or Kara Goucher who runs as gracefully as a gazelle.
And while these women certainly are inspirational I have to admit I often find inspiration in the most unlikely situations. Like in my car while I am driving past a women jogging while her two kids are tucked snuggly in a jogging stroller in the early morning hours. Or when I see the messy smiles of children laughing, in a string of bicycles behind a caring mother and father, out for a family evening adventure on Legacy Trail. I am inspired most by the average mom doing her best to keep herself fit and teaching her children by example to do the same. This really tugs at my heart strings and inspires me on a level that is nearly tangible. I find an instant bond with mothers, who I have never met, but with a friendly wave and glance we seem to both understand that we are doing our best and recognize what the benefits of being healthy can have on our children. We have vowed to make the effort it takes to send these children into life with good health and happiness. You can’t get much more inspirational than that in my book! Happy Mother’s Day to the average everyday mother in you and wishing every Mom a fit and healthy family life. Make everyday a great day.
Coach Lora Erickson
Hugs to other mothers that remember infants and children that have died that we still love and long to hug once again. In Loving Memory of my Samantha. RaceForGrief.com