Since increasing my athletic endeavors this summer, I have often said that one of the extra benefits is that our children, and more specifically, our daughter, could see mom being strong and doing something physical. But it wasn’t until last weekend that I really saw how much my new running activities were influencing Sophie.
On Saturday, after running 3+ miles and taking a shower, I really wanted to drive to our local farmers market. But as I grabbed my pocketbook and keys, our daughter, who had traded her regular weekend garb of dress and white patent leather shoes for running shorts and “tumblin’ tank” sent to us by ivivva athletica, looked at me like I was crazy.
Where, she wanted to know, were my sneakers? Hadn’t I said we could run to the market?
For a moment my body and brain screamed for me to convince her that, given how she had been suffering from a cold for the last two days, she really should take it easy. But my more rational side won out, realizing that I was being presented with an amazing opportunity to encourage and reward the kids for being active.
10 minutes later we were on the road, running/walking the 1.85 miles from our house to the market. On the run we talked about setting small goals (just run to the next telephone pole), why her heart was beating so fast, and how, if she and her brother got to the point they could run 1 mile without stopping, I would bring them to Disney World for the runDisney Kids Race (little does she know they are already signed up).
Of course runners need support. With a backpack full of G2, Anders lead the way on his bicycle, stopping along the way to provide refreshment breaks. And daddy, who arrived home from a bike ride just as we left the house, drove to the farmers market to pick us up.
I have to admit, I’m already looking forward to next Saturday to see if we can get her AND her brother to run again.