I talk about running a lot at home, just like I do here. The impact of all of this talk is evident in Reid. As I wrote last time, she was determined to run the 5K race on Race Weekend and is already wondering when she can run a 10K. I’ve offered a compromise that we’ll enroll her in one of the Ottawa Lion’s Athletics programs for young runners.
Reid is spending some time at my mom’s this summer, which is close to the rest of my family, and so I registered her in a swim class with her cousin. He isn’t at the same level as her but I put her in the same class anyway. I decided to “sell” it as a chance for her to practice breathing to the side without worrying about the distance. Reid was not concerned at all, responding with “Sometimes marathoners run a 5k for training.” Okay, then.
Now and again, I’m reminded of how much I am a role model in Reid’s life (yikes!) and what a great responsibility that is. And now I’m thinking about the role models in my own life. I greatly admire folks like Liz Knight, who has trained and changed her diet so significantly that she won a figure competition last weekend, and Katie, with her amazing marathon story and all around passion for fitness, but there are also Jenn (who ran a marathon and got married on back-to-back weekends) Wordywort and all of the other amazing Losing It ladies (past and present) who share the things they’ve learned. I’m not sure I’ve been paying as close attention to them as Reid does to me. I need to focus, more, I think.
What about you? Who are your role models and why?