Friday, May 21, 2010
This was his first year running track and the first organized sport he has been involved in since 3rd grade. He really seemed to like it and said he is planning to sign up again next year, a good sign. I told him one of my favorite parts of track for him was the fact that he wasn't particularly good at it. He seems to be a natural at so many things. With very little effort he can be successful and run with the top players in most of what he takes on. But, he is not an instinctive runner, he has finished last in most of his runs. We have been told that running is something you can learn and we are enjoying seeing him improve and work at something. When he comes home and I ask him how he did he tells me about how he had a PR (personal record) in the race rather than about all the kids who finished faster than him. That is exactly what I wanted him to learn in running. That is exactly the kind of lessons I have learned from my own running. He isn't always going to be the best or even good at everything he does but that doesn't mean there isn't value in the task. He is having fun, getting exercise, learning a skill he can take into adulthood and making new friends.