Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Why my dad is awesome

My dad and I running the Yukon Do It half-marathon 2015 last December

     I have always worked hard at school, work and running. It must be genetic. My father is easily one of the hardest workers I know. He has recently begun running again and ran his first half marathon a week before he turned 60.

     Last weekend, Craig was out of town, and I had the house to my self. Saturday morning, I woke up earlier than I normally would and went for a long run (7 miles). Craig didn't want to leave me home alone, so we made sure to text each other updates on everything we did haha. I texted him this picture at 6:30 am:

Ready to go on a long run
      I didn't want to push myself at all during the run because of Craig being out of town. I didn't know who I'd call if I started to feel badly. I ended up running about a 12.5 min mile on average:

     The rest of Saturday morning I spent cleaning the house. Whenever I am home alone I get the urge to clean. Probably cause I can make a lot of noise with the vacuum and completely take-over the bathroom with toilet bowel cleaner and shower bleach etc. (I sure know how to have a good time).

    This morning (Tuesday), Craig and I ran on the track in the gym. Running inside really is a whole lot easier. I was able to run about 10 min per mile!

     During this morning's run, I was thinking about my family a bit, in particular my dad. I think that I get my determined mindset from him. He does a lot for my family, has a ton of obligations and few moments to himself. A lot of people (including his mom and brother) depend on him. This could be a good reason to neglect eating right and exercising. I think a lot of people in this situation would "stress eat" or whatnot. That's not what he's done though. 
My dad and I at the Yukon Do It half-marathon 2014. He came to support me! He would run with me the next year... 
     He was having problems with his cholesterol levels and instead of taking statin drugs, he agreed with his doctor to lose weight and see if that would help his health. 
    Since making this decision, he has reached a healthy weight (I think he lost about 50 pounds this year) and because of this his cholesterol levels are much lower! 
     He has always been a great running partner. We ran in the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Run back in 1999, and last winter we ran a half-marathon together.
     He is going to run in the Race for a Soldier in September with me. I'm excited to see how he finishes! I am and always will be proud of my dad.