When Peanut did this all on her own one day as a baby, my heart melted:
|Couldn't you just eat her?|
Look at that face.
A couple of years ago, I asked Peanut if she'd like to go running with me when she's older. "No daddy," she said. "Girls don't run." Wait...what? I realized that Peanut is a very linear thinker. She sees daddy run. Not mommy. Therefore, boys run and girls don't. Silly Peanut. "Of course they do," I said. "In fact, a lot of girls who run are faster than daddy." (I'm not that fast. I just make myself sound that way to my impressionable daughter.) Later that day, Peanut and I were walking Luna in the park. (This was pre-Matey.) And wouldn't you know... the local girls cross country team just happened to run by us. Score.
"Look at those girls, honey. They're running."
"And they're faster than you, daddy."
"Yes they are. Much faster."
When she finally got a new pair of sneakers, real sneakers for gym class when she started Kindergarten, I asked her, "Will you go running with daddy now?"
"Never," she shot back without hesitation. She told me she "hates getting sweaty."
Well, never say never, Peanut...
|My running buddy.|
|Refusing to smile.|
|Refusing to run.|
|There she goes!|
|Peanut yelling at me for taking her picture|
at the finish line.
Let me tell you a secret, Peanut: I don't like running either. The waking up early, the eating certain things before, during, and after, the gear, the stretching. It all annoys me at one point or another. But I do it because of the way it makes me feel when I'm done. I don't intend for you to know how I truly feel until you read this. Hopefully when I'm dead. And if in fact you are reading this when I'm gone, it will hopefully be very long time from now. Thanks, in part, to running. Unless I get hit by a bus... while running.
|Water after the run|
|Carbing up with a bagel|
Whatever makes her happy and healthy. Then again, I didn't start running until I was 30. Plenty of time to catch up, kid. Plenty of time.
For more on my love-hate relationship with running, click HERE to read about the last half-marathon I ran.