My wife is an avid runner. It’s the one activity in life that promises to cheer her up on a gloomy day, which is why I’m her biggest fan when she competes.
I’m not a runner. I could probably stand to be a runner, but sprinting like a gazelle does not come naturally for me. The only time I could run and keep up with my wife was when she was pregnant (science says that pregnant jogging is safe). Even then, I lacked the willpower to become enthusiastic about running. I forced myself, so that she could have a companion.
Now we have a dog that likes to run. She’s such a fast and powerful little dog that she’s snapped two of her leashes.
During inclement weather and winter cold snaps, we use our new treadmill, a purchase well spent. Even our young daughters have been using the treadmill (with assistance). We want them to have their mother’s healthy love for running, and not their father’s disdain for the activity. Not every parent who runs has kids who run, or who are old enough to run, but some active women may want to be an inspiration to other girls. If you’re an adult female runner, and you want to pass down your love of running to the next generation, consider going to Girls on the Run, a mentor program that matches older and younger female runners.
I’ve always been a fan of runners. My best friend in high school was a state champion distance runner; he went on to lead the Stanford Cross Country Team. He was also one of the smartest kids I’ve known, as are many of the runners with whom I’ve been acquainted. There may be a reason for his impressive intelligence. Studies on mice have shown that the critters who use running wheels were likely to have more brain cells and do better at spacial learning tests.
One study showed that distance running helped improve the fitness of asthmatic children – not an issue with our children, but it’s a good fact to have on hand in the future.
Certain co-workers have questioned whether my wife will have sore joints when she ages because of all the damage that pounding asphalt will have caused over the years. The answer to those pesky gossipers is that the evidence indicates that the common fears of running-related arthritis and joint pain are most likely myths.
So, how about it? Any runners out there? Anyone running with their children? Please share.