As my training increases with Charlevox 26.2 approaching, I sometimes question myself. It is hard to get out of a warm bed and get out there and get the miles in most mornings. I mean who wouldn’t rather sleep in? Why am I doing this? Is running selfish?
Sure, It is healthy for me and is a great form of stress relief. However, running is something I do alone the majority of the time, except for the long runs on the weekends and events. Granted the family is asleep during most of this, but running is a huge part of me and my life. Is running selfish and only benefiting me? I have been wondering this…
I got my answer yesterday morning though.
My family signed up to support the Hope Water Project and raise money for the Pokot people of Africa by committing to run several races this year. I will do another post on those details, but we were given a basic training plan to go from walk to run, and my daughter has really embraced it and committed to training. She wants to prepare for all of the 5Ks she has planned for this year.
Yesterday I headed out to do a slow 3.5 recovery run, and the plan was I would wake everyone up when I got back, and we would head outside to do the planned 15 minute walk/run together for the day.
When I got inside, I heard the TV and treadmill going and came down to find this.
My heart was so full as a mother. She had to get help to turn the treadmill on, but she got herself dressed and got her miles in! I almost cried, I was so happy and filled with love at the sight of my Mini Me.
Running is not selfish. There has to be a balance, of course, but the positive out weigh any negatives when it fits into the overall daily rythym of life.
Whether or not we realize it, our kids are always watching.
They may not immediately take action, good or bad, based on what they see us doing but I realized that they see my dedication, joy and improvement. They see the commitment and dedication, and to see my Baby Girl look like a Mini Me, training for her runs and waking up early to exercise made me so happy. This was her choice to run, to fund raise and to train.
I never realized the impact the choice I made to become a runner would have years ago. The kids used to race just because I signed them up. Now they are at the age where I give them options, and they are choosing to join in.