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You Don't Have To Race To Be A Runner

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Ok.... just gonna toss this out there... if you aren't currently running races / participating in organized events, it does NOT make you any less of a runner or athlete. This past year has definitely been a whirlwind of a year with injuries and health related issues for me. But because of my experiences, it's also changed my perspective on a lot of things.

I used to think that

Finding Inspiration When We Least Expect It

I've never been one to enjoy strength training. In fact, unless I'm with a group of people, or taking a class, I find it really hard to make myself do it.

But years ago, Hubby decided to get a bowflex. I had my doubts then if we'd ever use it. The answer is.. no we did not. It's used more to 'dry clothes' than build or tone muscles. In fact, I'm in the process of selling it. When I do any strength training at home, I use my free weights.

But a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do a few reps and Lil Man was amazed by it all. Today, as I was working on the computer, I heard a noise. I looked over to see what he was into, and this is what I found.





He was 'working out'. It was beyond cute, but it was also an "aha" moment. Sometimes we can find inspiration when we least expect it. And our children are always watching, even when we think they aren't.

So, what did I do? I stopped what I was doing, and went and 'worked' out with him. He actually climbed up and stood up behind me and assisted with lat pull-downs. (I took a video of it, but it's too large to post here.)

But each time I go for a run, or take him running with me, he's watching. Each time I drag out the weights, or do a workout video, he's watching. But he's also watching when I eat the chocolate, the ice cream, and the processed foods. So, what do I do? I wait until he's napping then sneak my food (just kidding). I'm trying (notice I said trying which doesn't always mean succeeding) to set a better example. Because he's watching. He's absorbing, and he's using us as examples.

I'm very thankful to have this inspiration today, and the reminder that I am setting an example for my son.

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