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Today's Run and My Daughter

We all run for different reasons. Today, I ran for my daughter.

Today, I was inspired to run by my daughter.  She is a 3-year-old bundle of energy and excitement.  And she wanted to run with me today. 

Last week I had to get my son new sneakers.  While shopping my daughter says, "Mommy, I want running shoes just like you."  Now she didn't need new shoes as she has more shoes and clothes than I do, but how can you say no to that?  So, she got white and pink Nikes and she loves them. 

When I was putting on my sneakers today she announced that she was coming with me. I hated to disappoint her and tell her that she couldn't actually run with me, but she can come and play with the other kids in the gym playroom.  After minimal time with the pouty lip, she agreed and came along. 

It is a really nice playroom where I work out and all the kids and helpers are wonderful.  I left her to do her 3-year-old thing and down to the 'mill I went. 

It was my first run in about 10 days.  I wanted it to be good not just for me but for her.  She has picked up on something in me, maybe my determination or my being happier and healthier.  Not sure, but I think it is in her too.  I ran the best I could today with very little walking.  The total was 3 1/2 miles.  And since it was the first one in more than a week, I am good with that. 

When I went up to get her, she ran over to me and yelled, "Mommy did you run?"  Yes I told her and she asked if I "did good."  I said yes and thank you for helping me today.  She smiled and hugged me and my day was made! 

We all run for different reasons and all those are important.  But today, the most important thing for me is my family.  Without them, I am not sure where I would be, but I don't think I would be a runner. 

I hope all your runs were good ones today and I hope you all had support and something to motivate you to be your best.

Run strong, think big!

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