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Dear Kenlee, never quit

Saturday was slightly embarrassing, but it was also extremely important.

After weeks of going on morning walks around Edon and "training" for the Robin B. Spangler Memorial 5K, Kenlee and I came in dead last.

Yep, someone had to do it.

We actually improved our mile pace, according to the exercise app on my phone, but it wasn't good enough to keep up with the crowd. When Kyle and I walked the race three years ago, I remember we weren't last, but we were close to the end. I vowed to train the next time we raced, so I wouldn't be struggling to keep up.

I don't know if it was the stroller, or Kenlee's need to toss out her toys/water/blanket every quarter mile, or the fact that I'm just not in shape. I won't make excuses though — what happened, happened.

The important part of the race was that we finished.

Something that stands out about my childhood was my parents' rule of never quitting. We always had to finish out the season or class or job that we committed to. I can only think of two instances where I was allowed to bow out of a commitment early. Both were for valid reasons, and I had to have a serious discussion with my parents before I was allowed quit.

I'm not a quitter, and I don't want Kenlee to be one either. 

We had ample opportunities Saturday to cut things short, take a quicker route, or just plain give up — but we didn't. And that's what matters to me.

I've been called a lot of things in life, but quitter isn't one of them. In fact, I feel I'm just the opposite: Committed, faithful, insistent and maybe a little pushy. But I don't give up — not in a race, not on my dreams and not on myself.

Kenlee, please never quit. Love, your stubborn Momma.

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