“I’m not afraid to”. Those were the words my 13 year old son Adam said to Dale, before he stepped to the line for his 800 meter race. Just a little while earlier, he had finished the 1600m run, with a personal best of 5:50. Dale had encouraged him to lay it all on the line for his race and Adam responded beautifully with a 2:40 time and first place.

If you recall my earlier blog, this is a busy track week for us. Adam has branched out by running a leg in the 4×100, 4×200 and the 800 m run. Brett ran the 1600 m with a 5:35 time and continued to improve in the 3200 m run. They aren’t winning the races, but they are improving their times, gaining confidence in their abilities.

Go back and read Monica and Maddie’s blog on May 4. Maddie started her run a bit tentative, disappointed she was missing the grand march for Prom. Yet as she ran along the trail, she met people who had the same goal she did, to run at Grandma’s. You can see how her spirits are lifted. Her excitement grows with the new circle of friends she meets, each with the same goal, to compete at Grandma’s.

It’s not about being the best. Very few of us will ever “be the best”. It’s about having the courage to challenge yourself and the discipline to succeed.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher