Ok… so this is new for us, and I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m just so darn thrilled about it, that I want to commit to it in writing.
I’ve been running for years, and it has been the best therapy I could ever have. Running makes me feel better emotionally, mentally and physically.
This summer, Randy started running with me, which has been awesome. We’ve been walking together since we met, but I was missing my runner’s high, and had been itching to speed things up a bit. The thing is, I also really love our walks… We usually talk about business, the kids, the future and things that are bothering us (although, it’s also pretty likely it’s me just rambling on and on about random stuff. Bless Randy’s heart.)
So it was always a choice of run by myself, or walk with him.
Selfish me: I wanted to run with him.
I also wanted to get the kids involved because they deal with so much in their heads, and their minds are always going going going. I know the quiet and the clarity that can come during a run.
It’s been too easy to put it off though, because we run during the day, while they are at school. We even (jokingly – because who am I kidding – I can barely get myself together to drive them to school) discussed all of us running together before school.
It became clear that we needed to just do it.
So we have. The kids have loved it (yes – there was a bit of whining and sniveling [from me] at first…but they hung in so well!), and I’m thrilled!
Again – I don’t want to over-hype it. We can be pretty awesome at getting super excited and starting something big and then letting it shrivel up and die. I don’t want this to be one of those things. The kids are really active on their own and love to get outside and play, but I believe in, and see the value in this. I know that establishing running as a habit will help them in so many ways as they grow and face both internal and external pressures from every direction.
This is just the beginning. Here’s to many many miles ahead for us!