I have been an athlete/runner for over 20 years and it has been the one constant thing in my life. Whether in elementary school, college, working, marriage and having two incredible daughters, I have always found a way to keep moving no matter what.
I have a pretty active family with my youngest daughter in competitive soccer, the older girl in high school cross country and a husband who is a die-hard golfer and basketball nut, we like to keep things moving and grooving in our household.
Well, my husband recently expressed interest in running because he wants to get into better shape and I THINK it might have to do with a golf tournament that's coming up. . .not sure but either way, I decided to stage a Family Fun Run.
So, I set a time that I knew everyone would be happy with, marked our running trail and had them get their gear and shoes ready to "Rock N Run"!
The one thing that I noticed right away was the excitement in the air my family had while getting ready for the run. I made it VERY clear that this was a Family Fun Run and no one was allowed to compete. Each parent took the kid that they could hang with and we grabbed our dog as well! I broke up the run in increments of 5-10 minutes just to make sure everyone was on pace and feeling pretty good. Once we got over the first initial hump of the run, I made goals for everyone . . . like the "yellow" sign was the finish line before we took a walk/water break or to "stop" at the corner!
I have to admit, I really enjoyed running with my family and the girls wanted the run to last a little longer! We were all able to share funny stories and talk about our week at work/school and what was ahead for the following week! IF YOU CAN, squeeze in your own family fun run once a week and see what type of reaction you will get. The run can start out as a walk with 2 minute running increments or 1/2 walk, 1/2 jog! Either way, your family will love it and will be pumped to do it again! Great way to keep the family in shape and motivated to start a new week!
Remember, it doesn't have to be running. You can head out to the park and kick a ball around, play with they dog or throw a frisbee back and forth. . .as long as you do something that will get your family to move, get some fresh air and most important, spend time together. Good luck and have fun!