My beautiful wife (Cassie – third from the left with our oldest daughters on each side of her) was worried last Saturday. She went to bed with a bit of a stomachache and didn’t know if she could complete her first mud run. But when you look at the smile on her face you know (without me even telling you) that she had the time of her life. In fact, before they had even crossed the finish line (well, the finish slip-n-slide-into-a-lake-of-mud) I overheard trying to convince everyone in her group that they needed to sign up for this again next year and make it an annual tradition.
You see – she’s been taking up my passion and has been running over the last few months. As a mom who delivered our beautiful son only five months ago, she has been slowly acclimating to running and just recently has been getting even more serious about it. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty proud of her, her accomplishments so far and all after just having a baby!
But why the increased intensity in her training? Because she signed up for a race.
Just a few weeks ago she ran her first 5K and her intensity increased. I wasn’t pushing her (in fact, I try to be very careful to not offer any unsolicited advice to not frustrate her) but rather sat back and observed. I could sense a new drive – a passion building up from having a goal and working towards it. And when she ran her first race, the usual runner’s high happened and she wanted to sign up for more (which this mud run was that next race)!
Oh – and I mentioned our daughters in the picture above. Ever since their first triathlon they have been training as well for that next race as well; just as for my wife, we signed them up for that triathlon – with bike/swimming/running sessions – to encourage them to pick up their fitness in a fun setting! They then ran with Cassie when she ran her first 5K (theirs too actually!) and then in the mud run just last week. And their passion has seemed to grow and blossom as they have prepared for each race – again, with me trying to tread carefully on sharing that passion as I didn’t want to overwhelm theirs.
Just look at this face! Does this look like a girl that was forced into running this mud run? Well, this girl is now addicted to mud runs. As I shared on my Instagram post with this picture:
This girl is normally very serious and focused. But then throw her into a mud run (this was her first) and you can’t wipe the grin from ear to ear off her face! I was amazed how much she loved it – even completing one obstacle twice (after given approval from a volunteer) to experience it to the max. I love you my beautiful daughter – the one that is too scarily just like her dad.
And it all started because we scheduled a race. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but in our family the love of competition combined with a rising up to a new challenge really engages us to work a bit harder and dig deep to find even more motivation where it was originally lacking.
Are you ready to encourage your family to take another leap – even another step – in their fitness goals? Then I encourage you to sign them up for a race. You might just be glad you did.
Let me share a few more pictures with you – I just love seeing the joy and excitement in these faces!
What a mess – what a beautiful mess! They truly had a blast trudging through the last 50 yards of mud. I think one of my daughters temporarily lost a shoe – only to be squished into moments later with muddy and dirty socks and toes.
Don’t think we let any of our kids miss out on this adventure (well, except for me watching our 5-month old :-)). Though not as muddy, my 8-year old son was ready to get dirty! I tried to encourage him to go face first…maybe next time.
And here was our youngest mud race – debuting in his second “mud run” (the first was just a few weeks ago) – and all at age 4. I hope he grows up and doesn’t know a day without being a part of a fitness-loving family.
So from our family to yours, we hope you loved seeing a bit of the fun we had last week. And maybe, just maybe our families will one day be on the same course – all because of a single decision months or years before to sign up for a race.
Running for Life…