Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Run, JT, Run

Last weekend, JT ran his first half-marathon and to say that he loved it is an understatement.  Two months ago, as the school baseball season approached, JT gave some serious thought to not playing this year.  I expressed my strong opposition and some very tense weeks followed.  When I finally encouraged him to make up his own mind about baseball, he had a talk with the coach, a man whose respect and affection is important to him.  Then he walked away from the baseball team and immediately began training with a Track Club in central New Jersey.  The goal was to be well-prepared for Sunday’s 13.1 mile race.  When he rolled across the finish line with a 1:29:59 time, he was elated.

I am sad that he isn’t playing baseball.  It’s the sport that first got him thinking about being an athlete.  It’s always been my favorite season to watch.  And I know that playing on a team in this way is a limited thing —— he probably won’t play on a baseball team again.   But he’s found his passion in running.  One of his coaches jokes that “he’s drunk the koolaid,” and that’s true to an extraordinary degree.  When I watch him run, I’m reminded of the 6 year old who once informed me that running was better than walking and who ran everywhere he went.  He’s a little bigger now, but he’s still on the move.

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