Super Mom how my mother made my last meet count

Having her there turned what seemed to be an impossible meet completely around. I know I wouldn't have been able to do it without her.

It was my first conference meet; it was rainy and cold, an early morning approaching the end of October. All the parents there lined up and spread out along our wet, muddy, 3 mile loop to cheer us on. I was overtaken by nerves. This was the last meet of the season and I had a time to beat. It was that time of year, where everyone gets sick at the same time. A lot of girls on my team were struggling, sniffling and coughing. Including me. Everyone was cold and anxious.

Even my mom had gotten sick, in fact she had stayed home from work the day before and had to miss this meet. I was disappointed and a little heart-broken. She is my main supporter and gives me a lot of confidence. I didn’t know if I could beat the time I wanted on my own.

The gun went off and we started running, I tried to pace myself the way I had planned it out in my head, but with the cold weather, rain in my eyes and illness cultivating inside me, I tired quickly. I was struggling, out of breath and running a little sideways.

It wasn’t long before I heard a familiar voice among the parents. To my complete surprise, I heard my mom yelling “Go Alannah! Go Willowbrook! Go Alannah you got this, you’re going to break that time today, it’s your last race! Gooo!!” There was my mom standing in the rain, yelling above the wind and the other parents, sick as a dog. I immediately smiled and sped up, reached my mark for the first 2 miles ahead of schedule, and at the last stretch, gave it my all.

When I reached the finish line, I started crying and walked over to her, I had run my race a minute and a half faster than my goal. She gave me the biggest hug and told me how proud she was. I kept thanking her for coming and cheering me on even though she was sick. She just kept saying “I love you” and “I wouldn’t miss it for the world”.

Having her there turned what seemed to be an impossible meet completely around. I know I wouldn't have been able to do it without her.

My mother is genuine and joyful. She never ceases to amaze me. She has completely shifted my perspective on hard work and defined what it means to be supportive

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