A Mothers Day Tribute

By Anna Boom
Acknowledging our mothers and all that they do for us!
How are you celebrating this day? Whether you are mom, mom-to-be, have one you love dearly or all of the above, take a moment this Sunday and say thanks!

I am thankful that I had a mom who ran. When I think back on my childhood, I can see her out running in her little adidas in the days before sports bras, running skirts or compression socks. She was my first role model and taught me what it was to be stay in shape and that it was important she had her time too. Being my mom didn’t mean she wasn’t Etsuko, too.

Running gave her an outlet to work out the days worries through sweat and exhaling.­­ She also liked the solo time, no demands except what she placed on herself. The feeling of achievement by completing at least one goal that day.

I was lucky enough to complete a few Naha and Okinawa marathons and a few half marathons with her before she passed away very unexpectedly in an accident. Although we never finished together, we still enjoyed talking about our training plans, buying new running shoes, eating that wonderful recovery meal and celebrating a job well done.

There are many days when I want to go back to a summer Okinawan day and tell her, “Thank you for everything.” Does everything cover it?

Thanks for all the days of waking up early to make sure we were ready for the day. Thanks for taking care of yourself so that even when your mommy guilt started to creep in, you were able to stay balanced. Thanks for staying in shape so that you had the energy to give your undivided attention. Thank you for one of my important life lessons: that life is unexpected and wonderful and full of joy and tears.

Yes, I guess everything will do. Thanks Mom, I miss you


By Jannine Myers

Taking a Little Time out on Mothers Day 

A couple of years ago I remember setting out on an early morning run and being startled by a car that accidentally hit the curb just ahead of me. I was startled obviously by the car being so close to me, but I was further surprised when the left rear hubcap flew off the wheel, and the driver, completely oblivious to what had just happened, continued driving his car without stopping to collect the runaway hubcap.

Sometimes I think we mothers are so busy multi-tasking each day, trying hard to check off as many tasks on a “to do” list that never seems to shorten, that in the process we unknowingly lose a “part” of ourselves. Only the kind of “parts” we lose are intangible things that contribute towards our overall well-being; such things as rest, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and spontaneous or scheduled moments of fun and laughter.

Like the driver who was able to continue driving his car without a hubcap, we are also capable of getting things done when we’re overtired and run-down, but we’d function so much better if we stopped to do a “parts” check every once in a while.

Take today to sit back and enjoy what Mother’s day is all about – be selfish for a change and spend the day doing whatever it is that you want to do.

Wishing you all a restful and happy mother’s day!

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