Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Perfect Run

On the heels of my disappointing run yesterday, I was ready to get back out there for a good ol' Recovery Run today. Well, life got in the way as it sometimes does (oldest up part of the night, mom too tired to get up early) and I had to adjust my plans. Remember how I talked about flexibility as the key to happy running for me?

The sun was out, temperatures in the mid-40s with no wind, so I suggested to the kids that we head to the playground. Zachary would ride his bike while I pushed Jacob in the jogging stroller. They both thought that sounded like a great idea! (Thanks, Jen S for the idea!)

My Running Partners
The playground is .8miles from our house, so it's the perfect distance for an almost 5 year old on his bike. We started and stopped, we looked at leaves, rocks and sticks. We took breaks. It was WONDERFUL! Such a gorgeous day in central OH (in February!), we just had a great time. Not caring about time or distance for once and just appreciated that I was able to run and keep up with Zachary on his bike made me appreciate life even more. Just over two years ago, I wouldn't have been able to keep up with him had we been trying the same thing. That kind of put things into perspective and makes me feel silly for being upset about yesterday's run! I CAN run. In fact, I LOVE to run. The rest (times, distances, PRs) it's all the icing on the cake. The fact that I am in the best shape of my life, having wonderful adventures with my family, that's what it's all about.

We played at the playground for quite a while, trying to keep Captain Hook from climbing aboard our Pirate Ship (love the imaginations they have!). We slide raced, they traveled the monkey bars, the swings, basically everything. When they were done, we loaded up for our run/walk/bike/stop and look adventure home.

Today I was reminded of WHY I started running...of why I started eating healthy and taking care of myself. It's not just for me, it's for my family and the fun times we can have together. Today, I had the perfect run!


(Now, I just need to keep coming back and reading this post for the reminders!)


4 comments:

  1. Great post Anne, as always. And dont worry, our running community will remind us of why we run if you dont remember to re-read this post! :-) Happy running feeling the joy of life.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed your run! I sometimes have to take a step back & remind myself to have fun. And I agree, flexibility is key.

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    1. Thanks, Genie! I've decided I need to worry less about the numbers and more about the fun!

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