On Saturday morning, The Huz was the picture perfect husband. He crawled out of bed at 7:30 on the only day he usually gets to sleep in so he could walk up to the Asphalt Green with me. I’m sure this program has been around for a while, but I’d never heard of Girls on the Run until just recently from Melissa’s blog and I was thrilled to see that the Manhattan chapter needed running buddies! Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to have dogs at the facility to he waited for me to get checked in, change my shirt and give him my bag to carry back home. That’s right, folks, I’ve got my very own pack mule. Good thing he’s much less ornery and much more handsome than most mules.
I was paired up to run the 5k with a very sweet, very smart little 5th (going on 6th!) grader. (She’s the little fashionista below).
The school I was running with was right up front so we were off like bandits with the whistle. Up through Carl Shurz Park and on to the East River Walk we ran. After about half a mile, my charge politely said, “I think maybe I’d like to walk for a bit.” Who was I to disagree? We chatted happily about her plans for summer vacation (Disney World!), her younger sister (who wanted to run in this program with her), and then I hit the jackpot. Apparently, Fashionista loves to sprint, rather than run long distances! From then on, we ran intervals (who says you can’t turn a 45 minute 5k into a good workout??) and added some skipping and galloping in for good measure.
I miss the days when I was more concerned with playing hand clap games and skipping than burning the most calories, or wearing the smallest size. I hope the happiness I saw on the faces of so many of the girls who ran the race today will remain well into their teenage years, when the going really gets tough. I also hope running continues to be a part of their lives.
Running is one of the first activities I’ve found that can be exactly what you want it to be. And it has opened my eyes to other positive activities, like yoga and pilates. Running, though, will always be first in my heart.
When did you first get into an exercise routine? What was it?
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