Mother Goose Considers “Personal Best”

Many of my readers will remember that Mother Goose made an announcement in December that she would be running in her very first 5K race on April 1st, 2012. And believe it or not…she’s still planning to do that. I began my training by walking a couple miles, then walking quickly a couple miles, and then running a block and walking the rest of the way. I believe that “gradual” is the key to success for this goose. And I’m proudly honking that yesterday, I accomplished what can only be called a miracle — I traveled the distance approximately equal to a 5K race (3.3 miles) in 46 minutes! Mostly I ran, occasionally I walked. Truly this was a “Personal Best” for Mother Goose.

Go Goose Go

The Race That’s Good For Life is in nineteen days. I wonder if I’ll beat my “Personal Best” before then or on the day of the race…

I know that I’ll do the best I can — that’s all I know. But as I was pondering what it means to do your “personal best”, I immediately remembered that this is just a little race in a local village. Truly it’s all about running and getting physically fit, improving my own health and my cardiovascular capacity. Ultimately, this is about me getting up off my chair and doing something totally different that no one would expect of me. Basically, I’m doing this to prove that I can do it. I could easily rename this 5K “The Race That’s Good For a Goose.”

Other people in my world are also doing their personal best. They probably won’t get a round of public applause, but I’ll remember them as I’m crossing the finish line on April Fool’s Day. Here they are:

My sister, Bunn, who has endured two hip replacements already in her young life.
My husband, Mark, who supports our family by being his own boss in an unpredictable economy.
My daughter, Jessica, who is graduating with honors from Columbia College Chicago in May.
My sons, Adam and Erik, who are serving in the U.S. Navy.
Bloggish friends: Eric, Jeff, Michael, Dianna, Debra, Elizabeth, Mrs. Ehrhardt and others who write enormously about doing your best, helping others, and finding truth and beauty around you.
Blue Star Banner heroes, especially Jack Valentine and Conner Lowry who made the ultimate sacrifice — their stars shine brightest of all and put my own “personal best” into perspective.

When we stop to consider the days of our lives, we realize how much there is to accomplish in our lives. Most of us get about 75 years (a general average by a goose guessing) to make a difference in this world. But that’s still enough time to work with all your heart, change your attitudes, discover loveliness, care for others, raise loving and responsible children and be a blessing. The best time to do our personal best is the time between walkers (toddler walkers and nursing home walkers).

Mother Goose encourages you, yes you, honk honk, to live your “Personal Best Life” today. And tomorrow.

Running Goose by Lukta Qiatsuk, Inuit artist


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Three Well Beings
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 11:10:38

    Natalie, This is a wonderful post. I am grateful that you acknowledge me among the many, many others who are committed to making our lives richer every day, not just for ourselves, quite frankly, but because we feel a deep connection to the people the dear Lord puts in our lives and encourages us to support and lift up. It is a very weary world–I know by some of your posts and your work with military families that you intensely and intimately know that weariness. We’ll be pulling for you in your 5K and cheering on your effort! Starting slow and building is a great metaphor, you’ve used it well, and it will encourage me for a long time to come. Be sure someone takes some pictures of the event! I’ll be so interested. Debra


  2. Dianna
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 15:43:42

    What an encouraging post! And I am honored to be mentioned.
    As a walker, I’m very impressed with your time accomplishment yesterday. You deserve to honk! And honk loudly!
    Go, Mother Goose, Go! We’ll be “behind you”, rooting for you as your first 5K approaches. You’ll do great!


  3. jeff noel
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 19:20:37

    Stay healthy, have fun!


  4. yearstricken
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 21:11:15

    Congratulations. You are a pretty fast goose!


  5. eof737
    May 10, 2012 @ 15:51:20

    Congratulations! Good for you! šŸ™‚


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