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Kids Duathlon

Running is a positive action.  I don’t always want to go and sometimes I roll my eyes and shake my head because I don’t want to wake up at 5:30 to go running, but afterwards I feel great.  I have learned a lot about myself from this journey: I’m naturally lazy, I actually enjoy long runs, having a dog isn’t horrible they’re good company on runs, I feel stronger and healthier, and I want my kids to be active adventurers. Last weekend the kids got a triple-dose of race day activities. They watched me finish my 10K race at the Deschutes Dash, they competed in the Splash and dash, and they watched their dad bike and run at the Duathlon.  I love having this opportunity to influence my kids at a young age.

A few nights ago W & G wanted to ride bikes after dinner at the park.  It was early and super sunny still, so we ventured across the street and took advantage of the cool night air.  All of a sudden the park was transformed into a transition area and race track.  My 6 year old started barking out orders, “M-O-M, you’re the timer.  Ginger, we run one lap, bike the next, and then run again!”  “OK Wyatt, but I don’t like that big dirty loop.”  Replied his sister.   They ran 1/4 mile, biked 1/4 mile, ran 1/4 mile. They used the water fountain as their aid station, made me the timer, and yelled as they ran into their transition area, “I’m transitioning onto my bike now!”  It was beautiful.  Wyatt finished in 10:57 and Ginger finished in 8:50 (she took a shorter path after her first run to avoid the “dirty part of the loop”). When the race was over they biked timed sprints.  I am so happy to have taught them that participating in sports can be fun and good for you.

And I will forever have the image of Ginger running in the dirt in her pink skirt and red sparkling shoes.


Is Pokemon a Disease?

Since I have not been following my 10 days of Turbo Jam and I don’t have another swimming class until Monday, I thought I’d take a little break from goals etc., and ask a very complicated question:  Is Pokemon a disease?  I swear it’s contagious and taking over my house.  My kids have even started making costumes and discussing the characters by name.  Sometimes they call each other by their pokemon names.  “Pica?  Pica, come quick!”  My four year old comes rolling out of her room to respond to her older brother, “Yes Grove, it is I!  Let’s attack!”  Watching them play a card game with full contact makes me wonder, perhaps we can create a pokemon workout. It would be complete with rolling, jumping, popping up, and maybe some kicking & hitting.  Still, I admit I do not understand much about Pokemon and I hope to stay clueless.  I hope everyone has a good and Pokemon free weekend.