I like to run. I mean, I’m not fast (turtles may actually be faster). But I enjoy it. I like the solitude because, generally speaking, being around hordes of people is not my idea of a good time. I like listening to music as my feet pound the treadmill or pavement. I like the soreness that comes from a really good run.
A couple months ago, G tells me “I want to run like you mommy!” This makes me proud for a couple reasons. First off, she wants to do something active and healthy. This is a major plus because these kids hate Tball, which is what their dad wants them to do to be healthy and active (They also do gymnastics, which they DO enjoy). Second, she’s taking notice of something I am doing and associating it with something positive even though sometimes my running takes away from my time with them. Mostly I run in the mornings, before they wake up, but if I happen to run in a 5k or some other race, that’s usually on the weekends and I’m not able to be with them.
Every year, a friend, my sister, a family friend and I organize a color run. This year, I asked my girls if they wanted to run it. They both said yes. It’s a 5k. Which for a five year old is a LONG way to go. My mom offered to do it with them, expecting she would likely have to turn around after a mile or less because 3.1 miles is a long way for little legs. My husband was also running. The girls wanted to go with him.
Because I was working, I couldn’t run. Instead I waited at the start finish line for them. My husband sent me texts along the way: “Going great. Had to stop to look at some cows though.” and “We are at the turn, we’ll be faster on the way back.” and “G is jogging it now, she wants to run, but C wants to walk.”
Doing it alone with them meant he was mostly just trying to keep them moving.
They were not fast. They finished the run in just under 58 minutes because of a lot of walking (and a lot of stopping to talk to cows). But they finished. And they are SO proud of themselves. They got medals and now they can’t wait for their next race. They also threw a LOT of color after it was over.