Today’s post isn’t really about running. It is more in line with inspiration, like finding that person who pushes you to do your best and leads by example.
I am the youngest of 3 sisters. One being my twin and running partner and the other being our oldest sister, you could say role model. Meghan and I grew up doing everything together, but Kristen, though only 18 months older, showed us how. I would watch her from the time I was in dippers all the way through high school just to see what “the water was like”. She played volleyball, so I played volleyball. She did cheerleading, so I did cheerleading. She played tennis, so I played tennis. She would run for fun, so I started to run for fun.
I don’t think Kristen knows this but she has been one of the top influencers in my life for a very long time. One of the most important things I learned from her is when you don’t think you can do something, that is the time to prove yourself wrong. Push harder and just do it. Get over the fear of failure and great things will happen.
I struggle with this, fear of failure. Sometimes I get so down on things that it is easier to just give up, or rather try something different. Every once in a while though, I accept the failure, learn from it, and amazing things happen. Things like my passion for volleyball, love of tennis, feeling the crowd fed adrenaline from cheer, and the ability to complete my first marathon.
What Kristen contributed to all of these things, is not any action or verbal words. She always leads by example. She shows me what it is like to chase a dream, struggle through the tough things, and being able to achieve your heart’s desire.
I want to thank you, Kristen, for all that you do. You have “thrown that dart to hit bullseye” so many times; teaching me to never give up, never stop learning, and not to accept failure. Without you as a role model, there are too many things that would never have happened.
I remember that one time you studied in Australia. You would write these long emails that sounded like storied every week, and I loved them! For some reason though, the only thing I remember you saying was that “Yes I am one of those crazy people who get up at the crack of dawn to run on the beach.” and “Never skimp on your bike seat or bike pants!”
One day I will get up and run with the Australian sunrise, too. And when I do, I hope you will be right there with me!