Friday, August 22, 2008

An Example

We have all been there. We have all been here. You lace up for a run or head to the gym for a scheduled workout. Time away from your family. Chores skipped for another time.

Just when you are not looking…not paying attention…wondering if you are being selfish for all of the training time spent to reach race goals it happens….you are setting an example… a good example…a healthy example. They join you. You hear how excited they are when a workout is finished. You witness improvements in their own workouts…their attitude… and in the way they treat their own body. Then it happens…you realize you are not so selfish…you are setting an example…they are proud of you…they join you in being active…feeling healthy. You smile…because you know that your children want to be something like their mom…healthy…happy…active.


What a wonderful gift to be given...without even knowing.

Robin

25 comments:

Wes said...

Yea, Moms rock :-)

D10 said...

You are setting a great example. You are also showing them how to live a healty life style.

I am sure you inspire them!

Judi said...

Cool!

Marcy said...

Totally agree! It's crazy how much we rub off on the offspring. Now if I could only shield them from my swinger lifestyle :P HAHAHAHHAHAAA I'm KIDDING!

Marathoner in Training said...

Robin, that is so awesome. You are an inspiration to more than just your kids.

Jackie said...

You are setting a great example! It's better than having them sit around playing those mindless video games.

David said...

Yeah, you can't replace a good example. I want Grace to grow up knowing that fitness should be a part of life, not hidden and secondary to everything else.

Good for you!

BeachRunner said...

Thanks for the kind words and stopping by my blog. You have a great blog here.

Awesome post. As I said in a recent post to my blog, workouts can be so much fun when done "famiglia style." Keep on running and setting such a great example!

ShirleyPerly said...

Awesome!

It's taken 15 years to see the impact my running has had on my step-daughter but doing a race with her and her husband last year was one of my proudest moments. And they beat me! (well, I ran 10 miles and they ran a 5K, but still ...)

teacherwoman said...

Great post! :)

FLYERS26 said...

Great story! I got my 2 young boys to do the Run for Dad every year, and they look forward to it!

thanks for checking out my blog!

Progman2000 said...

Great post, awesome blog, I'm adding you to my "list". I hope my exercise craziness rubs off on my kids, kinda young to tell yet (5 & 7). Good luck with Disney!

Journey to a Centum said...

Good behavior and bad behavior, a parent is always modeling through their actions. It's good to hear that they joined in with you!

One of my running buddies is running a marathon with his son next week. His daughter has run three this year. Looks like his running has become a family tradition as his 79 year old father still comes out with us to run 25K's and 12&24 hour events.

It's all good!

cindy said...

Great job, mom! You rock :)

Phil said...

Congrats .... it's never happened for me ... but very happy that it's working for you.

My dad was a big time tennis player and could crush me well into his 60s, but he never appreciated what I saw in running, did I ever like playing tennis.

Sometimes you just click with your kids and sports. You're a very fortunate woman (but your already knew that)

M*J*C said...

Awesome post! I don't have any children but I 4 (ages 8months to 9 years)little girls that live next to me, they know my long runs are on the weekends, when I come home the 2 older ones always ask "How far did you run today?" And regardless of if it's 4 miles or 13 they always say "That's awesome!! You ROCK!!!!" It's definitely a good example!

Sherry said...

Awesome, awesome! Your kiddos are so lucky to have you as their mom.

I'm not a mom (unless you count my four fur-kids), but I have managed to reel my husband into all of this triathlon & running stuff as well as my best friend up North. A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a girl at my gym that maybe she should consider doing a tri (I always saw her running or in spin classes)... now she's doing her first tri in October with me! :o)

Beautiful post!

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Hey!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I think in my family it works the opposite way. Being the oldest of 6(ranging from 5-18), I think I'm have an impact on their lives.

Since I've started running, my very overweight mother has started walking, my dad who just went to the gym is going to walk a half-marathon in September (while I run the full)a brother who's high needs who ran a 10k, a sister who's going to be on cross country and when asked what my 5 year old sister is going to be when she grows up, she excitedly exclaims "a marathon runner".
I like to think that the rest of my siblings are excited too, but they just think I'm crazyyyy.

I'm going to add your blog to my daily (hopefully) reads. Look forward to reading more!

Kevin said...

That is great

J~Mom said...

Awesome!! I love that!

See Zanne Run said...

great post. i am discovering the same thing here as i see my kids ride their bikes more & more.

Jess said...

That is a great example!

Runner Mom said...

Love this!! You are awesome! Hope you're having a great day! Got my 8 in before the rain! Yay--we need some.
Love ya,
Susan

SLB said...

All I aspire to be and more is contained within here...wise words indeed!

Mendy said...

Great post, Robin. So true.