1,000 Kicks

{Taking a moment to smile for posterity.}

On January 2nd, Spencer participated in 1,000 Kicks with his dojang. (You may remember me doing a quick post about it here at the end of last year.) Going into the event, we had no idea what to expect. We've only been with the school a short while, and I was too chicken to ask anyone for more information. I had been told by the "manager" of the dojang that I should expect to be on the mat too. Aside from that... it was all going to unveil itself as the night went on. In the days leading up to the event, Spencer got increasingly nervous. He wasn't sure if he was going to be able to do all the kicks. He was afraid he was not going to keep up with his friends. He was afraid of disappointing us, the Master, the people who donated. (Big thoughts for a four-year-old I thought) I reassured him the best I could and tried to play up how "fun" it was going to be, while also making it clear that everyone just wanted him to do his best.

So, on the night of the second, Spencer and I showed up ready to kick. He in his dobok, me in my running pants and t-shirt. (Note to my future self... wear capris next time... it gets HOT in there.) We got on the mat. As soon as everyone was accounted for, the Master started the warm-up. And before we knew it... it was time to kick! Front kicks, side kicks, all kinds of kicks! 1,000 kicks in all!

{The group shot at the end... why are 50% of the kiddos looking at mine?!}

Yes... there were 1,000 kicks, per person, by the end. And yes, Spencer did them all. (Or darn close to it! I'm not sure that his pace was always matching the pace of the Master... but neither was mine at times... shhh!) And yes, it was just as exhausting as you think it would have been. More so for me, I fear, than the younger ones. (Another note to my future self... do not take a two month running hiatus before doing this event!) Part of my coping mechanism for all this was promptly forgetting about all those kicks... I can't tell you how long we were there for or how tired we were. Or how sweaty or red-faced... but something tells me that no matter what, I would have "forgotten" those two tidbits anyway.

But in the end... it was worth every single bead of sweat and quivering muscle...

Because Spencer raised $530 dollars for St. Jude Children's hospital. In great part due to many of you. So thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!! We are all blown away by your generosity. (And I extend that "we" to include our friends at the dojang. None of whom expected Spencer to bring in one of the largest totals!) It was a fun way to kick off the new year, and for such an amazing cause.


{D.O.N.E. at the end of the night...}