Continuing the Summer on the Run 12-week blog and video series, blog nine. Use hashtag #GoRun on Twitter to followSummer and be part of the ongoing conversation.
Learning from our parents and providing a good example for our kids is such a beautiful thing. You can't get around that. I learned so much from my family while growing up without even knowing it. That's what made it so valuable -- it felt natural.
We become our kids' heroes. Whether we want to or not, the next generation looks up to us. I guess it's a lot like being a sports figure. The best way to teach others is by living a certain way and doing the best you can as often as possible. Being true to yourself gets you noticed, and it's something you can't fake.