As of Wednesday, I am officially the mother of a first grader. I’m not quite sure how that happened but my son has graduated from Kindergarten and is officially a kid. They had a lovely celebration a couple of weeks ago where they sang lots of songs and each child read a poem that the wrote during the year. It was really sweet.
The fact that the New York City public school year ends practically in July makes it feel like we’ve missed a chunk of summer when summer vacation hasn’t even officially started yet! For the summer, I think that I’d like to trade in my regular to-do list for the one shown above. That seems like a much more pleasant list to work through, yes? Maybe this should be everyone’s to-do list for the summer?
As for this week’s Friday Round-Up, each post (except for the last) has to do with running. It continues to amaze me how we can find so many lessons and metaphors for life and the challenges we face in life through sport. I hope you enjoy them
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When does parenting cross the line between encouraging to controlling?
When you’re running a race, the last thing that you want to be is late. For Mary and her daughter, they were 45 minutes late to run her daughter’s 5K with Girls on the Run. When they got there, they ran it anyway. But that’s not entirely what this post is about. It’s about how as a parent, you often tred the fine line between nurturing and encouraging your children and challenging your children to push themselves just a little bit further.
After the BQ: Does True Satisfaction Exist?
I love this post from Jess. She had been chasing a Boston Marathon qualifying time and finally achieved it this spring at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. She thought that once she achieved this goal, she would stop striving. But she poses an interesting question – is striving just a part of our nature? Will be ever be satisfied?
You can’t always get what you want
Did you watch the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships last week? Did you watch the women’s 10,000 meter finals? If you did, you would have seen Shalane Flanagan dominate the race. Early on, Shalane led the race with Kara Goucher but Kara faded during the race and finished 5th. In this article, she offers her insight and perspective on her loss.
A Single Post Results in Change
This is an incredible post from an incredible person. Brian aka Pavement Runner had this simple idea following the horrendous events of the Boston Marathon this year – let’s run together. The result? The BostonStrong runs that took place across the U.S. and the world.
Within a week, more than 100 local runs were organized and more than 20,000 came together to run. It shows the power of an idea and the power of community, particularly the running community. I’m really excited to see what else Brian has up his sleeve.
Look at this Instagram (Nickelback Parody)
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