Two weeks ago marked the ending of our first ever Blue Season of Students Run Philly Style! After 14 weeks of practices, 3 road races and countless miles on the run, we chose to have another first: roller skating to celebrate all of our accomplishments.
For many of our students, this was a season of firsts. It was for me, as well, both inside and outside of Students Run. I am continually amazed and inspired by our students and our Running Leaders. The courage they have to lace up and try running for the first time; the effort it takes to orchestrate and attend numerous practices despite school closures, layoffs, tests, tests, and more tests; and the mutual respect and admiration I see demonstrated each and every time we all are together.
It is the collective energy and passion about this program and the transformations I have witnessed that inspired me to Go Farther as well. Last month I completed in my first triathlon after learning to swim just two years ago. Before Students Run I would have never tried something like that!
When I reflect back on the season and on my own accomplishments, the takeaway that stands out the most is having the courage to start. This is no small feat. For most runners, we begin our training with a goal race in mind, but for many of us, it’s the understanding that we will take whatever challenges us one step, one mile at a time that keeps us coming back day after day. It’s as simple as that. No matter whether it was running a 5K, participating in the Broad Street Run, or building the routine of running into their daily lives; each and every one of our students and leaders understood that Every Mile Matters. It is this mindset that will carry our students through life, well beyond the road races, towards a bright future.
As we now look ahead to new races and new firsts, it was fun (and necessary!) to take a moment to bask in the glow of our individual and collective successes. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Green Season!