Passing the Spark to the Next Generation
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I've always been a person who felt the best way to lead was by example, something I've proven by the number of friends and family that I've gotten on the fitness bandwagon. (That number currently stands at seven that I've gotten into running btw) But in all my trying to convince my friends to train with me, here I was missing the two most influential people in my life: my kids.
They've been here for all my training, been waiting for me at the finish line of all my races and biked along when it was nice and I didn't want to wait for a sitter. They've listened to me and my husband's playfull arguments about him doing more than 5Ks with me, they've listened to our talk about our different personal training certs and classes (my husband is a PT at Anytime Fitness and I'm now an aquatic fitness professional), but I never thought either one would want to train with me. Two days ago, my son blurts out, "Mom! I want to race with you!"
I thought he was joking so I told him most marathons have an age limit of 14.
"That gives me six years to get good and fast then!"
So I'm proud to say, my son and I hit the track today. We did five laps. Pretty good for a little sprinter. When we were done he informed me that he liked running with me and asked if it could "be our thing." Here's me being a sap, it made me cry.
It looks like I have a new forever running partner. It warms my heart to have forged the love of exercise into his hyper little heart. Who knows? 15 years from now we may be following the blossoming running career of Gabriel Davis as he tries to qualify for the Olympics.