Well, its happened. My daughter is trail running. In part, its to mimic mommy, but I see pure joy as this little smile appears when she sets foot onto a trail near our house. A few weekends ago, I asked if she wanted to go for a walk by the creek. An immediate, “Yes!” and she was squealing. So we put on our running shoes and the next thing I know, she started running down the trail. She is pretty good. I mean, her foot strike was definitely mid-heel and her arms were pumping. Before long, I realized we had just gone a mile. She asked me if she could pee on the trail. ”You mean, go potty honey?” I asked while trying to contain my smile. Could this be the proudest moment ever? She pulled down her sweats and proceeded to get her business done without a single issue. It was amazing.
As I begged her to start heading home, knowing, figuring her legs couldn’t carry her much longer, she turned her head to me as I was running behind her and said, “Mommy, my legs are really busy.” I busted out laughing and thought, my god she’s right. Sometimes I think the same thing when I’m running- my legs are so freaking busy. Now, that for sure must rank up there with the funniest things she has ever said. She made it 2 miles for the day.
And so running became fun again, right when I needed the reminder. I laughed and we were silly and my daughter taught me to have fun again and not be so serious. I wonder who’s teaching who in this life? I think I’m the student. No, I know so.
This weekend I get to test out my, “have fun, laugh, and enjoy life” mantra as I head to Zion for a training run on the beautiful Zion 100 course, where in about a month I get to go have really busy legs.