By Erin Wyble Newcomb
Illustrated by Annie Dwyer Internicola
I’ve run more than two dozen marathons in my life, so it’s not surprising how often I think of long-distance running as a metaphor. There are lessons in each race that translate to life, and particularly to parenting.
Those contingency plans are essential over the months of training, as accumulated mileage can wreak havoc on human bodies. And even if the training goes exactly according to script, there are 26.2 miles of running. Weather, injuries, illnesses, off days—there are so many ways for the best-laid plans to unravel. Getting to the starting line requires a precise balance of preparation and bravery; getting to the finish line relies on tenacity and a bit of luck.
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