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12/31/09 5:31 P

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That's so awesome, Jem. I think that's gotta be key. Keep them involved with just enough that they have an interest that they can choose to expand upon as they grow older.

Push them to complete 'amazing' distances and they will no doubt reject running of any sort on the premise that it's no fun and too hard.

Can't wait for mine to get old enough to bike along with!

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12/30/09 9:12 A

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My kiddos like to come along. I usually have them bike. I only let them go on the shorter distances so that I am not reported to CPS. LOL. It is great to spend time with them doing something that is so positive!

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12/27/09 2:56 P

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Just got back from our street 12 miler...Katie's longest distance yet! About 1/3 way into it, she sd oh my calves hurt, I shouldn't've jumped rope yesterday, and I sd oh, good, you get to learn how to run thru pain and fatigue! (DH and I did a 16 miler in mts yesterday so limited sympathy here). Later, I asked her how her calves were and she sd "better, I just ignore it" and I'm thinking sweetheart, I have learned to ignore everything from the neck down! (As I'm sitting here with 2 ice packs on my IT band). So all of us...3 humans, 3 dogs, ambling along on a crisp beautiful day, doesn't get much better than that! (exc lunch in, hopefully, an hour).
Re "running team"....we have been asked if we were part of some dog training club bf!
PS---katie got a 6-bandaid job on her toes today. Worrying about her running injuries is worse than worrying about my own.

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12/27/09 10:01 A

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OMG DirtDogs!

You crack me up! I think it's so awesome that you and your daughter can be running together. Yes, I recall my runs with dad fondly. He's down here (and Ginger, too) for 1 week right now. Though staying with sis and her new baby so I have only seen them once thus far.

We plan to run together Monday morning. Rick and I have a 14-15 miler planned. Dad says he'll do about 5 or so with us (my bet is that he will do 1/2 the total distance, though).

See, high likelihood it can continue to be a fun time to share together for years to come.

Oh, and in other news, Rick and I were out running last weekend. All the sudden Rick goes, "Oh, brother! We are both wearing red tanks and black shorts." I bet people think we are on a running team or something!

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12/25/09 2:36 P

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too cute! i remember your mentioning that you used to run w/ your dad, so the tradition continues to be passed on.
this was the year my 13 yr old really got into running and yoga. she's done a few kids mile races, but never did any training, only ran when there was a medal involved. this past summer she started running 5, 6 milers w/ me, then up in Mammoth, at 10k altitude, she would do 10 mile hikes w/ us, even when she got chafed and chapped, refused to quit.
now we're in training for the carlsbad half in jan. did an 11.5 miler last sunday......4 blisters and 2 black toenails. i'm so proud of her. a bit of challenge for her elderly mom since i'm simultaneously training for a hilly marathon (catalina) w/ DH and friend, and doing long road runs w/ her, sometimes back to back long runs. (Christmas present to self...2nd ice pack). But so worth it.
Here's the other thing.....we run in matching outfits, how dorky is that.

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12/25/09 6:39 A

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That is just too precious. Guess you have a future marathoner on your hands :o)
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12/25/09 4:30 A

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So, I told you about my birthday run (15k race with hubby and the kids first 'official' run - 1/4 mile dash).

Just this last week out of the blue Cambria (my nearly 4 year old) came up and asked, "Mommy, are you going running today?" I said yes, I plan to. She got really excited and said, "I wanna run with you!"

We did a 1 mile loop from our house. She ran along on her little legs for about .3 miles then announced she was tired and asked if we were done. I said, "No, but this is the part where we walk to save up energy for more running."

She perked up. We walked a little further until she stopped spontaneously and told me not to look. When I opened my eyes again she was down on the sidewalk proudly doing her version of 'upward facing dog' and downward facing dog.' (been participating in my yoga dvds)

In the middle of her down dog she asked me to join her. (though I didn't think my downward facing dog is what traffic needed to see I obliged.)

She was downright joyful as we finished our mile. I enjoy my runs but assumed running was something hard for kids to really appreciate.

I guess a 'mommy's girl' can adopt healthy habits quite early when they're perceived to be fun. The time together is so special, too.

Jasmine

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