Anyway, I told the kids I would go to the school with them and they could play on the equipment while I ran laps around the school yard.
It was fun for me to have my kids there as I passed by on my loops. I always do my running in the morning before they are up during the week and my long runs are usually away from home. When I was going around the school they got a glimpse of just how much hard work all of this is. My six year old son rode his bike with me for two of the eight laps before he got tired. Secretly, I was glad he got tired because he was behind me most of the way and all I could think was that he was going to catch me from behind and we would get tangled up and go down in a heap!
When I got done my oldest asked if I needed water and I nodded slowly through my wheezing breath. She had a look of HOLY CRAP DAD! She asked how long it took and how far I went. After I told her, I saw her crunching the math in her head and she said "Wow, that's 6 something a mile!"
My hope is that they will learn a number of life lessons through our examples that can be applied to whatever is important to them.
- Yes, it's hard work, but the rewards are worth every ounce of energy you put into it.
- Learn to set goals, make a plan, and don't listen to anyone who tells you can't do something or you aren't good enough.
- You are your only competition and your own worst critic.
- Remember those in your life who helped you along the way and tell them Thank You!
- Share your passion with others in whatever you set you heart to, so that you might help them find their true passion.
- Give your best in all you do.
- You can do anything you set your mind to.