I’ve never been a competitive athlete. When I was growing up, I played field hockey in middle school. I was a run of the mill player, certainly not fast since I was in the middle of my weight-gaining unhappy phase. Before field hockey, I remember one brief instant of playing kickball during summer camp, and beating the pants off the other team.
When I got to college, I discovered the joy of competition in intramural sports. My boyfriend at the time introduced me to broom ball which I loved instantly. We played in a gym with brooms and nerf balls and followed hockey rules. I found my competitive spirit! In fact, after years of not being picked for teams, I was asked to be on broom ball teams – Woohoo!
For a long time after college, my only exercise was running, and walking. I ran a few races when my oldest son was young, and then I stopped. One fall, I joined a local women’s soccer pick up team, and found my competitive spirit again. I was challenged, supported, and grew to love soccer. My dream is find time to play again. While I love watching my kids play soccer, it’s not enough. I’m itching to be out there on the field myself.
I’m also itching to run races, and see how I do against runners in my age group. I had so much fun running the 5k in West Chester a month ago, pushing myself to pass people and better my time.
I’m hoping my children, some of them, will be bitten by the bug, too. I signed my 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son up for a local running series. Both of them did well for their age groups. I could see the joy on their faces when they started their races, and their excitement in finishing.
Ultimately, we all compete against ourselves, our weaker selves. It takes discipline and courage to keep going when your legs protest about that last hill. I’ve always said hills build character.
As a mom, do you compete in your sport or do it for fun?
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