Okay, so I know I’m supposed to be working on getting my #DisneySide @Home Celebration post up but I just had to take a minute to write a little bragging post about my kids. Yeah, yeah, I know..I brag about them all the time but this is pretty big. Let me start at the beginning
Last November, I was looking for a sneaky way to get my three older kiddos back into the running routine. I had registered them for the Star Wars 5K in January and we were keeping the trip a secret, so I needed some way to get them prepared for 3.1 miles of inter-galactic fun. In case you don’t know, we have a “summer running club”, where the kids and I run three miles, three mornings a week during their summer vacation. Of course once school, football, cheer, cross country starts, we no longer have the ability to do it. So it has really been a few months since they had been running on a regular basis. I discovered the Runners World Run Streak, which challenged runners to continue running throughout the busy holiday season. The rules were simple, run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. I knew if I could convince my 9 yr old daughter to do it with me, that her older brothers (11 & 14) would follow suit, as to not be upstaged by their little sister. So we did it–together.
Once New Years Day had passed and we had surprised the kids with the news that we were going to run at Disneyland, it was easy to get them to continue the streak. They continued running every day leading up to our vacation and once we returned home from sunny California they were on day 75. I, unfortunately, had to drop out of the streak right after the Star Wars Rebel Challenge. I tripped over som guy’s stuffed Yoda during the half marathon and jazzed up my knee. The kids, however, continued. They wanted to see if they could make it to day 100. So, despite homework and sports practices, basketball games and birthday parties, they continued–sometimes getting up a half hour earlier to run before school or skipping TV time at night just to get their run in for the day.
Last Thursday they reached their 100th consecutive day of running. 100 days! I could not be any more proud. In a society where many kids (and adults, for that matter) lack physical activity, I think this is truly something to share and celebrate. Their commitment over the last three months is both inspiring and amazing! I cannot wait to see how far their streak will go!
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