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dad's day/running day

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I've been in a reflective mood since Father's Day. From now on the holiday is going to remind me of running.

2 years ago I ran my first race: a 5K with my family. If you're interested, here's the blog:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Cliff notes: Thanks to Spark blog inspirations I got the courage to sign up for a 5K and asked my whole family, including my lifetime runner dad, to do it with me. We all had a blast and a racing addict was born :)

I highly recommend rereading your own blogs. Feels good to bring back those feelings and to appreciate how far you've come.

Just 2 years ago I describe everyone else in my family as athletic and I'm the odd one out. 2 little years. How much I've changed. Now running is so much a part of who I am that I can't imagine life without it. I recently filled out a survey and answered 3 years when asked how long I've been running. I guess it doesn't seem possible that this much as happened in such a short time.

Next I found my blog from marathon numero uno:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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This was the Saturday of Father's Day weekend last year. It was my dad's idea. I gave him a kiss in the starting corral and thanked him for getting me into this whole racing thing. I started the race with my husband. I can feel myself staring at Lake Superior the next morning and thinking about 26.2 miles.

This year:
I met my dad's group on Saturday morning. Because of my kids and timing and DH's work schedule, it's not a run I make it to very often. I wish I could. My mom told me how happy he was that I was there. It meant just as much to me.

Sunday morning DH did the first part of his long run solo. I met him with the kids in the stroller to run the last 3 miles together. The kids have gotten big! And that stroller is heavy!
He told me how he had run around the lake by our house. The same location of that first 5K. He said he couldn't even hear the podcast he was listening to because he was flooded with memories as he watched families get ready for this year's Father's Day 5K.
He told me how I've done just as much for him as a runner as he has done for me. He was a runner, but not a racer and had never been consistent with his running. It makes me feel good to know that it's a mutually beneficial running relationship. And he is totally amazing and ran a 1:35 HM two weeks ago.

My dad and my husband: obviously the 2 most important fathers in my life. On their holiday, they both made me feel great. I'm a pretty lucky girl.
I'm glad there is this holiday full of love for them that will also make me remember, reflect on our running together.

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  • OPTIMIST1948
    Gosh this is so lovely!
    2964 days ago
  • WINDSURFNERD
    what a beautiful blog!
    Shared running and racing with family is the BEST! So wonderful that you had such a great day!!
    Naomi
    2966 days ago
  • FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR
    So very sweet, all of it.
    2967 days ago
  • GRANDMAPATTYV
    Great memories!! Keep them close to your heart!
    2969 days ago
  • OJIBWEEQUAY
    you are right about rereading blogs!!!! You are an Athlete!!!! emoticon
    2969 days ago
  • LISAINMS
    Aww. What a great tribute to all of you! Happy running.
    2969 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5893253
    What a great way to celebrate the special day of the dads in your life! I'm sure they're both really proud of you and all your accomplishments, fitness-related or not.
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    2969 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13962463
    love this! I still haven't gotten trhough your running journey so it's fun to see where you started and how many running dreams you've made come true!
    2969 days ago
  • RUNNERRACHEL
    What an awesome journey! I didn't realize you'd done your first 5k two years ago. That's about the same for me. I signed up for a charity race (also inspired by Sparkers) and I was hooked.

    It's amazing how far you've gone. I know what you mean--hard to imagine life before running.

    Very touching that you share these things with your dad and it is such an important part of your family/running life! Love that you can share these things with him! Such a great feeling and special experience with your father! And your hubby runs too. That is super! emoticon emoticon
    2969 days ago
  • WORTHEYMOM
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
    2969 days ago
  • PINKBEANBOO
    Awe, this is beautiful. I'm trying to get teary eyed. emoticon
    2969 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2415256
    Races and training runs are so much better when you are running them with your loved ones. My dad is a (fast) walker and my husband is a (slow) runner but I love participating in races with both of them. Since my dad lives in anohter state it is only about once a year I get to race with him but my husband and I try to get run / bike at least once a week as a family. I believe the famiy that trains together stays together :)
    2969 days ago
  • MYUTMOST4HIM
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    2969 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    I really need to take that first step but there are just so-o-o-o-o-o-o many obstacles between me and the starting line. Most of which I have voluntarily placed there! LOL

    Make Today the Greatest Day of your life. emoticon

    So Far! emoticon
    2969 days ago
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