A co-worker recently drew my attention to this awesome commercial from Procter & Gamble that celebrates moms — and sports moms in particular. I really hope you get chills and/or cry while watching this. I know I did.
About a year ago, I wrote a post about how incredibly supportive my family has been in this whole endurance sports thing. All you athletes out there know that it’s very hard to do what we do without the help of our family and friends, and I’m lucky to have the best sherpas in the world. My mom — and often my dad and sisters — travel with me to most of my major races, make sure I eat good meals and sleep in a comfortable bed, and stand on street corners for hours in all kinds of weather waiting for me to run or ride by.
And, in the spirit of this video, I’m also incredibly grateful for the time they devoted to my childhood athletic endeavors. I started swimming in the sixth grade and was doing 20+ hours a week (and 5:30am workouts) by age 13. We didn’t live close to either of the pools my team frequented — and I couldn’t drive — so this meant a lot of early mornings for everyone. We traveled to meets all over the Southeast at least two weekends a month for most of the year, and my parents spent countless hours sitting on the pool deck, driving and feeding rowdy teenage swimmers, and participating in team events. Add in cross country and track a few years later (oh, and my sisters’ sports) and suddenly my parents were spending most of their days in the bleachers.
I didn’t quite make it to the Olympics — though, admittedly, that’s every young swimmer’s dream — but I know I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today if my parents hadn’t treated my goals as important and my efforts as Olympics-worthy. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, which I thankfully will get to spend with my family, thanks Mom (and Dad!) for everything.