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Run for Boston 4-17-13

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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?
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    That's SOO awesome!
    2003 days ago
    LMAO - a 9 year-old has my pace completely smoked. Pass along my congrats to him, please!

    I didn't know about it. I've gotten the all-clear from my doc to exercise without limitations, and am planning on starting back up on Sunday. I'll dedicate that workout to them.

    Have you read about Carlos Arredondo? Great testimony of the human spirit.

    By the way, your kid's a cutie!
    2007 days ago
    Awwwwwwww. Oh man, this brought tears to my eyes. Such great bonding time and such a good thing you guys did together. You really are an awesome mom! If only more moms took the time to do that with their sons... you guys definitely have something special!
    2007 days ago
  • KIMH51
    Awesome job MOM!!!! You rock! Yes, I walked 2.6 miles for Boston on the treadmill... then continued to do the "extra" distance that some of the walkers on Monday didn't get to finish... so basically walked a 5K.

    2008 days ago
    That was so sweet of your precious son to want to join you with running for Boston! I just love it. Wow, you are such a good runner, to say the least! I can't run because of my RA, which I hate of course. The pain is so bad with running for me. Also, I tried walking outside today and made it only 7 min. with my feet hurting so bad for some reason. So I will succomb to pedaling on my recumbent bike a little later. Once my new RA med. kicks in, I know that I should be able to do alot more walking and maybe even running??!! I know that some people with RA do run. More power to you~! You're doing so awesome!! And I love it with being in memory of the Boston runners! emoticon emoticon
    2008 days ago
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