Now, I am trying to find the FUN in RUN for the sake of my daughters. For now, l am starting with the eldest.
Between my husband and myself, we are self-proclaimed couch potatoes. Our work lets us spend endless hours in front of the computer with only our fingers and wrists doing much of the work. In my case, I drink a lot of water, which forces me to get off my seat and go to the bathroom, which is just a few steps from where I actually work. But at least, it allows me to change my position, straighten my back, and stretch my limbs. My husband, on the other hand, gets forced to go up and down the stairs several times a day. So that is his “exercise”. I want to do more so that I could instill the principle of fitness in kids.
When October came, however, the winds started to blow in another direction. I found myself getting thrust into the fitness lifestyle through the newest Bacolod gym, Fitness Mecca. Fitness Mecca is located at Robinsons Citywalk and features the latest, state-of-the-art exercise equipment. Only the famous Italian brand Technogym is allowed in here. So with that, the online fitness campaign with my fellow Bacolod mommies, Get Fit With Sigrid Says, was born.
Aside from that, I am trying to eat less. I am no longer giving in to those fad diets of my youth–I just can’t do it anymore even if I want to. So at the very least, I am cutting portions. But I still eat everything.
So again, between my husband and myself, we couldn’t find the “fun” in “run”. To think that I had to wake up so early and then subject myself to running. No fun. But I am not doing this for myself–I am doing this for my children. Fitness in kids is very important because our modern world is pretty much into gadgets and the sedentary lifestyle. Also, if I am not into the fit lifestyle, I don’t want them to follow in my footsteps. I wanted to lead by example.
A couple of weeks ago, I learned that Trinity Christian School here in Bacolod, was holding a fun run as part of their celebration of their Foundation Day. I signed myself up for 5K and my eldest Dindin for 3K. I didn’t want to risk waking Siobe up because she kinda throws tantrums when she lacks sleep. It’s just the two of us because saying it was hard to convince our Papa to join us is an understatement. So looking after Siobe was his easy escape.
I wanted for Dindin and myself to run/walk together but I also wanted to prove something to myself so I went for 5K. And also because I wanted her to spend time with her grandparents who are doing the 3K.
Testing the waters, I tried my speed and time at the gym’s treadmill. I spent 30 minutes finishing 2 kilometers and my head was spinning afterwards. I wondered if I could finish the actual 5K during the run. I thought well, if ever, it would take me a an hour and 30 minutes with the rate I am going, expecting that I will have rest stops in between.
The first 500 meters was pretty trying for me. My legs ached that I was afraid I would experience cramping very soon. I prayed to God because I didn’t want to quit. I may not win anything but I wouldn’t be called a quitter. I kept going, remembering the adage: Slow and steady wins the race. So I kept plodding along, doing brisk walking and strolling alternately. This is my very first 5K walk/run and I even kinda felt ashamed as I saw some elderly individuals walking faster than me. haha
When I reached the finish line, there was no longer fanfare. I no longer had a finishers’ medal because they only gave it to the first 200 runners who finished. I was probably one of the last ones to arrived. But I was surprised to see my watch, I clocked at 1 hr and 10 mins. That’s 20 minutes earlier than my original time! I exceeded my expectation and I finished the course!!! I was so happy.
I will do this again!
Thank God I finished! I am so happy about this that I want to keep doing this with my daughter. While she has other physical activities like her theater exercises, dance, swimming, and also golf, we are bent on conquering more distances together. Woohoo for mother and daughter runs! 😀 This is leading by example, as we continue our homeschooling in Bacolod journey.