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Let’s Hear it for Dads!
It is the flat out God’s honest truth that I would not be a runner if it weren’t for Dads.
My Dad? He runs with me. We travel together. We train together. We motivate each other. We compete with each other.
… and the Dad I am married to? He holds life together while I am off being a crazy runner.
How it all got started
Many, many years ago I was standing in the bathroom getting ready for work and watching the Today Show. Al Roker had just finished the NYC Half Marathon, so naturally, it was a topic of conversation.
I looked at my husband (who wasn’t a Dad yet) and said: “Geez, if Al Roker can do a half marathon… so could I!”
My sweet, poor, silly husband… what he should have said was “YES. YES YOU COULD!”
Instead? He said… “That’s a lot of miles…”
From that point on I was mildly obsessed with running a half marathon.
Honestly, it was still a few years from that bathroom moment when I finally sat down, picked a race, and started to train. I knew if I was going to run a half marathon, I’d want it to be fun.
… enter MY Dad.
We were in the process of moving from Lubbock, Texas to Dallas, Texas – so I was staying at my parents’ house while my husband was still at our home in Lubbock. One night, I went outside and this little convo took place…
Me: Dad, do you want to run a half marathon?
Dad: No, not really.
Me: If I did one, would you do one with me?
Me: So there is a half marathon at Disney… and it’s wine-themed…
Dad: Sign us up!
… and about 20 minutes later we were registered. And now, we have run several runDisney races together on both coasts… and this fall my dad will be doing his first Rock n Roll race!
NONE of this would be possible without my husband. First off, because of that little story at the beginning of this post that lit a fire under my butt, but because of his support.
He was my biggest cheerleader when I started running, and then once we had kids and he became a Dad – he became SUPERDAD.
He would take over on Saturday mornings while I was out on long runs, and he would be a solo-parent for many (many) long weekends of travel for me. Hands down, I could not do this without him.
So – here’s to the Dads in my life.
I could not, and would not, do this without them!
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