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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Note to self...Get off the computer and move!


That's right, we're headed out to run at our local park and we have smiles on our faces
I'll be honest, I'm not the best at sticking to an exercise routine or getting my money's worth out of a gym membership. I'm not saying I am sedentary by any means but I get bored and give up before the promised "6 weeks until abs that could stop a truck". I find my car on auto-pilot headed to Chickfila, Target and/or Old Navy instead of in the direction of the gym.

I knew I needed to get moving though to stay healthy for my family. What motivated me to get moving? The running club at my daughters' school last spring open to 3rd-5th graders. Ash signed up & they announced at the end of the school year that the members of the club would be running a 5K and invited family members to join them. Ash asked me and how could I say no. You've seen her beautiful face! At the time I was recovering from a bad case of pneumonia (and I already have asthma) and I thought to myself, "Oh my goodness, I can't run 5 blocks right now. How can I run a 5K?!"

But you know what?I did it and I did it beside my most favorite 9 year old girl in the whole world. We trained together with a run now and then, dancing, playing in the yard and just telling each other that we could do it if we stayed together. That 5K was the best run in my life! Ash and I talked about anything and everything and pushed each other to keep going.

When we crossed the finish line, it was AMAZING! Were we the fastest? Not by a long shot! Were we the most graceful? Oh my goodness, no! But we did it...together!! 

My favorite part of the day though (besides not having to call 911 from a heart attack) was on the drive home. Out of the blue, Ash stopped belting out whatever song was on the radio and from the backseat told me she couldn't have done it with out me. 

Refillable water bottle - $9.99, Running shoes - $69.99, Finishing a 5K with my daughter by my side - PRICELESS!

And guess what?! I'm still moving and enjoying it!!

What motivates you to exercise?


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At August 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Jon said...

Boy, how do I miss those smiles. I can't wait to come see some field hockey action! Are they going to call you "Coach Kristen" or "Coach Mom"? Maybe just "Coach".

 
At August 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Blogger melanie Quinn said...

I love this picture. Now if I could only run...

 
At December 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Angie said...

That's great! I'm looking forward to being able to run again, and to taking my son with me (still recovering from spinal surgery). Keep it up - family 5Ks are a great tradition!

 
At December 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Blogger Maggie S. said...

That's a great memory.

I have always wanted to be an exerciser.

 
At December 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM , OpenID thisgalsjourney said...

That's awesome!!! My dad had a heart attack in his late 30's, a triple bypass this spring. Heart stuff runs in my family, and I want to be here for my kids, and grand kids!

 
At December 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I ran my first 5K this spring as well! I knew I had to do something and my schedule just could not work around the gym schedule. I need the flexibility of being done with exercise in 40 minutes!

Unfortunately with the cold weather setting in it has been harder and harder to do.

Good for you for sharing that moment with your daughter! I think role modeling physical fitness is so important.

 

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