Get up and run… Kids, you go first!
Sunday, 6am ish……. “Mummmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyy, Dadddddddddddyyyyyyyyy”
All hopes and dreams of a lie in destroyed once again by the ‘babies’! I’m sure that at 6 and 3 years old they’re supposed to sleep in later than 6am, but no, not in our house!
The silver lining…… At least we know that we’re never going to be late for the junior park run! Park run event page
Hannah had volunteered this particular morning, knowing that we were both off work. So we headed down to our local park a little earlier than usual at 8:30am to meet up with all of the other parents that had set their alarms early on a lazy Sunday morning, to get their kids outside and active!
Many of the volunteers are there week in, week out and the atmosphere is great! The kids just want to run, and the parents and volunteers are all there to encourage them! It’s ace!
Now Hattie is too young to join to officially join in on the Park run…… but ‘you can’t’ is apparently not something that Hattie really understands. So for the second week she was ready…. ready to line up at the start and put her little sparkly daps to the test!
After the organisers had handed out some award wrist bands for the kids that had completed multiple runs…. one kid barely up to my waist in height had run 50!!! the warm up began.
With the competitive kids making sure they were at the front to ensure a clear start, the countdown began…. 3….2…..1…………GO!
They were off! The 2k race was under way… I jogged next to Hattie, trying my hardest to pace her as she sped off through the field. Soon slowing down, we jogged it out, with multiple sudden spouts of walking. But she was doing it, by her own wanting!
As we approached the first corner of the first lap of the playing field, I noticed Isaac stood next to the marshal…… Apparently today wasn’t his day, with a stitch he’d stopped by the first marshal (his mum lol)….After a momentary stop, the Dockrell 3 left mum and made our way slowly round the rest of the first lap to where the finish line would’ve been if we’d completed a second… With Isaac having completed 14 park runs since his enrolment, this was his first non completion. But it didn’t matter… Now I am the most competitive person I know, but although you receive an email telling you your little pride and joys placing, and time. I have never pressured Isaac to run, or even discussed the results with him, unless of course he’d asked how hed done. So today would be no different, both kids commended by both Hannah and I for their efforts, and still cheered on by the bystanders, we made our way to cheer in the finishers.
Oh…. I forgot to mention. The finish line is right next to an awesome park so always time for a quick zip wire and a chat with friends!
The fact is, that since taking part in the Park runs, my 6 year old lad dragged me out of the house after school about a week ago, warmed me up, and proceeded to lead me on a 4K run before dinner! I’d say that’s a pretty positive impact on a young lad, choosing exercise over TV and computer games!
As long as my kids try their hardest at everything they choose to do and enjoy themselves, I’m a happy daddy, and I urge you all to get involved and get your kids active!
And finally a big thank you to all the volunteers that keep our Junior Park run running 🙂