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Why I Run

June 30, 2014 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Parenthood, Race, Running

Photo by jacsonquerubin under Creative Commons license.

Photo by jacsonquerubin under Creative Commons license.

 

I don’t run to lose weight. I don’t run to get ripped. I don’t run to win races. For me, none of these have been the result of long distance running nor have they ever been my objective.

I haven’t always been a runner. I only started running regularly a few months after I had my first baby almost 6 years ago.  At the start, I had somewhat of a negative attitude towards running and was constantly telling myself that I’m not a runner, running is boring, or that running is bad for my knees. With time, an open mind, and a strengthening regime to prevent any injuries, I began to fall in love with this sport and everything it has to offer.

Below are 6 ways that running won me over:

  1. Running is convenient and relatively inexpensive. All it takes is a pair of appropriate footwear and a bit of time out of my day, as little as 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Running is a great way to improve my cardiovascular heath and to supplement my fitness regime. It allows me to participate in various events including mud races, sports, fitness competitions or even just playing a rousing game of tag with the kids.
  3. Running is a great stress reliever and a great way to release those feel-good endorphins.
  4. Running provides me with quiet time for mental clarity, reflection or to stimulate new thoughts and ideas. It acts as a reset button for my brain.
  5. Running exercises my ability to overcome that negative self-talk. It trains my mental stamina and strength to keep going and to not back down. After all with running, the only person to stop me from running, or slow me down, is me.
  6. My kids. I run to take care of my emotional, mental and physical health, which in turn helps me be the best mom I can be for my kids. Naturally, kids love to run and because my kids  see the enjoyment I get out of running, along with the commitment it takes to work towards a goal, it’s my hope that they’ll continue to love running too.

 

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The Shoemaker Dance

May 3, 2014 in Dancing, Exercise, Parenthood

Malaya’s school recently put on a cultural dance performance and we were thrilled to be able to make it along with many of the other parents and families. Each grade performed a dance from a different country and there was quite a variety. There were dances from the Philippines, Mexico, Denmark, and India, to name a few. It’s great to see that dance is still being taught in school these days. I know the kids look really cute and it’s great for the parents to watch but let’s not forget to give props to the teachers who put a lot of work and time in preparing the students for this sort of thing. Teachers do a wonderful thing.

The Shoemaker Dance from Denmark, performed by the kindergarteners:

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Swim+Bike+Run=Fun

June 10, 2013 in biking, Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Parenthood, Race, Running

We participated in the SunRype TriKids Triathlon this past weekend with Malaya swimming, biking, and running to a successful finish. The experience was fantastic and very memorable. Words can not describe how proud we are of our 4 year old daughter for the effort she put forth. We could also tell that Malaya felt a sense of accomplishment for her hard work and it was so heartwarming to witness. She didn’t say it but you could see it and feel it in the energy she was emitting after the race. The most gratifying part of the event for Dawn and I was not watching Malaya swim, bike, or run, it was seeing the smile on her face at the end. For her to feel good about herself for accomplishing something she worked so hard for was the ultimate prize. It didn’t matter if she was the fastest, or if she came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or last in this race; there was none of that kind of win-at-all-cost competitiveness at this event, at least not from our perspective. Our experience with this race was such that the focus was on each kid doing their best and having fun. Mission accomplished.

At the end of the day, when you ask Malaya how it was, she says it was fun. Which part was the most fun? “All of it!” Here’s a short video of Malaya’s experience in her first ever triathlon.

We have to give credit to the organizers of this event for creating a safe race environment for all the athletes and spectators. The event was so well organized, from registration, to pre-race orientation, race package pick-up, and race day execution. These guys did a terrific job and it has been one of the best organized events we’ve taken part in.

For more info on the SunRype TriKids Triathlon Series, visit their website and check out any upcoming races in your area.

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The Love Movement

October 23, 2012 in Events, Parenthood

Mahal blowing out birthday candleTwo years ago our second daughter, Mahal, was born and it changed my life forever. Dawn spent (I can’t even remember how many) hours in labour and was a hero in the delivery room. Moms will always have my utmost respect for what they have to go through for us to be here.

The past two years have been a blessing, though it hasn’t been easy, for me as a dad. I’ve certainly had my struggles and moments of frustration with Mahal. The transition from 1 child to 2 was definitely harder for me personally than going from zero to 1. I think it’s also safe to attribute some of the crazy to sleep deprivation. Mahal turned 2 today and I’m in a better place. She is finally sleeping better (hallelujah) and so am I.

Everyday, I make an effort to be a better dad and I imagine it’s something I will always be working towards. I used to worry and struggle with how I would divide my time, attention and love for our two little girls and in her two short years Mahal has helped me to understand that the human capacity to love is not finite. More children doesn’t mean you have to divide your love. Your heart just simply grows bigger. The word mahal in my native tongue (tagalog) translates to the word love in english. I must say that she has been aptly named. Happy 2nd birthday, my love.

Here are some of Mahal’s favourite activities: