Saturday, June 27, 2015

Running the Race

I voluntarily had slim and color threw at me, my child, and husband. 

You see... the shirt says it all; we signed up for our first 5k! 

This was a major goal for me. Over the last two years, we have made great strides to living healthier inside and out. We have cut out a significant amount of our meat and dairy intake started eating about 80% organic, switched to homemade products (like toothpaste, shampoo, and dish soap), started growing a bit of our own food, and started working out. All this, not to brag but to be better, for ourselves and child (and God willing, children) and to live by examples to our Darling son.
Never had I thought I would be signing up for a 5k. That's just not me. I'm not, and never was the "athletic" chick. But when a friend whom I never thought would do a 3.10-mile run told me she was going to do it, it was just the push I needed. an 'aha' moment I guess that pushed me to want to do more, better.
So I signed us up.

Did we run it? no. We mostly walked it and jogged about one mile. I know personally I could have run at least some of it and/or jogged more of it, but I wanted to do it with my family. This was for us, not me.
It was about letting Button run a fourth of a mile (which he totally did) and walk most of it with us. It was about seeing his face light up as we went under "color tunnels". It was about watching my man carry that darling boy on his shoulders across the finish line and showing him through example that healthy doesn't equal stress or sacrifice but joyfulness and blessings.

At the end of the day yes, he was tired and ready for a nap.

But, he talked about it for a week later and asked for "colors" every night.
Often, I have found, that the hardest trials we go through, if we push through them instead of giving in or giving up, become the most rewarding.

Maybe next time we will go even further... or at least faster but for now, I am just so happy to say we have done this; that I had the endurance, not to just do a 5k, but to pace myself for my family... so we could do it together. That is a whole other 5k all of its own!

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