Inspired. Motivated. Slow. Proud. Fortunate.
The above are words that run through my head when I run with my boys. At just 7 and 8 years old, their speed and love of the run amaze me. I have written about this in several previous posts including run it like a kid and overwhelming pride . However, as we ran together 2 miles over the causeway, aka Florida hills, I couldn’t help but think how truly fortunate my husband and I are to have boys who love to run. We have become the family that runs together, and it has opened our world. In 2015 so far we have run three 5K races with our boys as well as countless training runs, like today’s. My #1 has plans for the whole family to run at least 12 races together this year, we’ll see what 2015 brings.
Some ways I am fortunate to have a running family:
- Everyone in the house understands when you NEED to go for a run. There’s no guilt and no excuses not to go. There is power in your son’s words when he says, “Mommy did you go for your run today yet?” You better go for your run because every parent knows the kids will not stop asking questions until they are satisfied with the answer you give.
- Everyone in the house holds each other accountable to their running goals. My boys ask my monthly and year-to-date mileage all the time. The boys also ask their Daddy, how far he ran after every weekend run. We are all each other’s cheerleaders and motivators.
- Distance and pace are easy to measure. Unlike improvement in things like reading or basketball, progress in running is very easy for my children to understand; miles, minutes, seconds, all very measurable. Their involvement in running has given us a concrete example to apply to other aspects of their lives. It also allows us to set the example of striving for continual improvement in a way the boys can see and relate to. There is nothing sweeter than when my #2 says, “Mommy that was a great run, you tried your best don’t feel bad you didn’t medal.”
- Only one parent home? No problem. Everyone home gets their running shoes laced up. We run together and we talk about life. My #1 always seems especially talkative while running, and I learn things I might not have heard otherwise. Instead of someone sitting around staring at a screen, we are all on the move. This is especially helpful to me when my husband travels and the boys are on Spring Break from school (this week) because I have no excuses not to get my workouts in.
- We cut back on our needs for sitters to watch the boys while we run. Paying two additional entry fees into a race is cheaper than having a sitter watch the boys for our race time plus our travel and rest time too.
- There is someone to talk to pre-race, sometimes during the race, and post-race. Added bonus because the hubby, and my boys are faster than me, they pretty much always see me cross the finish line; I love that.
- Matching race shirts. I’m not a huge matching outfits type of girl, but I can’t help but smile when we all don our “free” shirts.
I love being the family that runs together. Judging from the Instagram hashtag #thefamilythatrunstogether we are certainly not alone. So, if you can, join me and my family and get out there and runit together!