C2 and I are both dedicated to fitness and nutrition, we do our best to stay healthy and in shape. Fitness gives us the energy to get through the myriad challenges of being older parents, and in C2s case, insane work hours and a grueling travel schedule.
We have tried very hard to shape J's view of nutrition in the direction of moderation, and the importance of fueling his body to fuel his brain. Most of the time he gets it, the rest of the time he craves gummy bears. He also sees us working out a lot, and carving time out of our every day to devote to exercise. During the last school holiday, I had him do some circuit training in the park with me. He occasionally runs with me, and mountain bikes, and skiis with us with an energy most adults would covet.
A week ago, the charity I work with, Child Wise, held a fundraising 5K run. J had expressed an interest in running the race some weeks back but I didn't really take him seriously. Cut to the night before the event and on our way for Lhaksa (a Malaysian dish very popular in Melbourne that deserves its own blog post), whilst discussing the race, he insisted that he run it with me. Reluctantly I agreed, as I figured I would be sacrificing a real run for a walk/run with J, but he was adamant.
Sunday morning, we were up at 6:30 and out the door shortly after for the race around Albert Lake in South Melbourne. The speeches were made, the warm-up completed, the starters' pistol sounded and we were off...fast. About every half-kilometer, I'd ask him if he wanted to walk, but he just shook his head and eyed the next runner in front of us to pass. He threw back some water at the half-way mark water station and increased his pace. With the final in his line of sight, we sprinted to the finish.
The gold standard for any adult is to finish a 5K under 30 minutes...J's time? 29.28. He was puffed but very proud; so was I!