Today I was on facebook and came across the page for Run for Boston. Of course I liked it, and decided I would run today in support of all who were affected by the bombing. It's great what they are doing, and it shows how much people care, and how united runners are.
My son was just telling me yesterday he wanted to run with me again soon. Normally, I run after the kids get on the bus in the morning, but sometimes he's come with me on the weekends, and last summer he ran with me sometimes. He's a pretty good runner considering he's only 9 and it's not like he trains regularly. I think he's one of those people who is naturally good at it, and if he really practiced he'd be awesome.
Today when he got home I told him I wanted to run and why. He was very excited to head out right after school (also I think he was happy to not have to start his homework right away, lol). During our warm up he was asking me all sorts of questions about what happened in Boston. He asked me why anyone would do such a thing. I told him that there are bad people in this world, but we can choose to do good things. He didn't understand how us running would help the people, and he said, "If we run, that won't make the people who got hurt better." I explained how us running shows that we support them, and that we care, and sometimes that is what people need in order to get better and heal emotionally, and physically.
We ran about an 11 minute mile pace for the first mile. It's pretty warm here today (high of 81) and he was starting to feel tired, so we walked. He said several times, "Mommy, how do you run for so long and not stop?!" Practice, that's how. :)
About 2.25 miles in he started to get a little whiny. We walked as much as he needed to because I didn't want to push him, and having just run a 10k hard the other day and running yesterday, I was content to do an easier run. He was very proud of himself at the end when I told him we did a 5k! We finished in 40 minutes. He's done 3.5 miles with me before, but we usually just do 2 together.
I'll always remember our run together, on this day. It was so amazing to visit that facebook page and see runners from all over who participated.
Did you participate today? How did it go?