A Little Motivation Goes a Long Way

by Susan Mathieson

3.1 miles to be precise!

This past weekend, Alpha Omicron Pi hosted their first Run for Roses to raise money to donate to the Arthritis Foundation to advance arthritis research. My bucket list includes running the Nike Woman’s Half Marathon, complete a triathlon and run a marathon; so I decided to start with this 5k. When anyone asked me how I was feeling the week leading up to the race my response was always “Well, I am probably going to die, so there’s that”. It’s safe to say, I wasn’t going into the race with the most optimistic mindset.

When I arrived Saturday morning, I ran into a student leader in the chapter and she had a positive aura radiating from her. She was so grateful that I was there to support them by participating in the race and continuously told me that I was going to do great. Because of her, I started the race with a different attitude than I had the week leading up to it.
About half way through the race, I realized they were on to something extraordinary. Every kilometer or so, they had sisters with inspirational signs cheering the runners on. Every time I thought I had to stop and I just could not run another step, they were there to encourage me to keep going. Because of their support and encouragement, I was able to accomplish something I didn’t think possible.

Who are the cheerleaders in your life? Or when have you acted as a cheerleader for someone else helping them accomplish their goal? Tweet me at Sus_Math to share!

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” 

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