Posted by | December 14, 2013 | Balanced Runner, Why I Run | 3 Comments

Keep trying new things.  Never stop.

My children are trying new things, learning new skills everyday.  I work with children who have autism and we challenge them every day to move out of their comfort zones and learn new skills that are very difficult and uncomfortable for them.  When did we, as adults start being content with the skills that we currently have?  Somewhere along the way we start settling and start living through our children.  I am thrilled to watch my children achieve and strive, AND at the same time I am not going to stop living my own challenges.  Let these two be symbiotic – motivate and challenge your children with your endeavors and watch them trying new things and let them also spur you on to try something new.

Sue, a swim mom, who is connected to my son’s swim team decided to learn how to swim after watching her two children train.  She was a non-swimmer, afraid of the water, and she was determined to learn how to swim.  It is harder to learn as an adult, but that didn’t stop her and she now loves swimming and has goals for open water swims and her first triathlon this summer.


Firsts this week:

  • Running a TRAIL RACE in a Snow storm.  Fun, challenging footing and a great workout.  (more to come in another article)
  • Learning Butterfly Stroke in swimming for the first time.  Now that is tough!
  • Got my treadmill up to 11.6 miles per hour in a workout for the first time while doing 400m repeats during my intervals on Wednesday.

Goals for First in 2014

  • Do my first Triathlon – A Half Ironman – this has been on my “bucket list” for a while.
  • Do my first sub 3 hour marathon at BOSTON (I’ve done it elsewhere – but not at Boston)

What firsts did you do this year?  What firsts will you do in 2014?

Janine Moffett

About Janine Moffett

I am a mother of three incredible children, work full time as an instructor therapist, and love to run. I have run 11 marathons, with a personal best of 2:57. This past April I ran my third Boston Marathon. I love challenges and began exploring the world of triathlons in 2014. I completed my first half Ironman at Muskoka in fall 2014 and came first in my age group. Now I am taking on the challenge of a Full Ironman, which I am planning for September, 2015. I believe we need to keep trying new things and embrace life to the fullest. I hope I can provide inspiration and insights to others.


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