Reach for Excellence

For this week’s Wednesday Word I was going to write about a favorite childhood memory – the way my family celebrated Christmas Eve. We celebrated with a big family gathering at my grandparent’s house, with fancy clothes and a turkey dinner, gift giving, and lots of time together. Those evenings always ended with a ride home through our neighborhood that was almost magical, for a kid. Most of the houses had their Christmas lights on, the streets were lined with luminaries, and Santa was on his way.

But then I decided to write about something different for the word Debbie provided us this week, which is celebrate.

Deb Runs

I started playing soccer from a young age, and I grew up idolizing several women. These women were pioneers of sorts in the world of soccer, although I think they all will point to the fact that there were many that came before them. But their time on the US National Team and accomplishments during that time cannot be denied. One among them, possibly the most well-known, was Mia Hamm. I recently came across this quote from her:


Her quote, while simple, translates to so many aspects of life. It’s a reminder to keep moving forward, no matter what, and to never rest on your laurels. It’s something I strive for both for my running and in my life.

From the tunnel leading to the football field in Virginia Tech’s stadium: For those who have passed, for those to come. Reach for Excellence.

How do you celebrate the holiday season?
How do you Reach for Excellence?


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  1. What a fantastic take on celebration! And I loved your memory of Christmas Eve.
    Anne recently posted…So Much to CelebrateMy Profile

    1. It’s nice to have holiday memories like that to look back on. 🙂

  2. I am always striving to be better. Not just in running, in life. To stay still is to grow old!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Celebrate good timesMy Profile

    1. To stay still is to grow old is a great motto to live by! Just gotta keep on the move!

  3. Love all the quotes from Mia Hamm. And I’m not even a soccer mom, much less a soccer player!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Celebrating Running in 2015My Profile

    1. She’s very inspirational!

  4. I love this quote! I think running is a great way to achieve this – celebrate those race victories, mileage PR’s, etc., but continue to strive for more.
    Alison recently posted…Celebrate!My Profile

    1. It’s a great quote for running inspiration, and a great one as a metaphor for life.

  5. Great quote. I also think that if you don’t raise the bar a just a little bit each time you succeed, it will eventually crush you.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Celebrate Small VictoriesMy Profile

    1. Great point!
      Meagan recently posted…Holiday ShoppingMy Profile

  6. I love the “raise the bar” quote….so true for everything in life!
    Kim Hatting recently posted…The proof is in the plankingMy Profile

    1. That’s why I love it, too.

  7. I love how you tied Mia Hamm’s quote and the Hokie Stone “reach for excellence” quote together for this week’s Wednesday Word!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…All I Want For Christmas Is A New PRMy Profile

    1. I think they go together pretty well, like peas and carrots 😉

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