Half Marathon Finishers!

Does anyone else find a 13 year old two time half marathon finisher amazing?!  I would never have considered running one mile for fun when I was a teenager, let alone train for and run a half marathon.  This last weekend, Eden ran her second half marathon — the Snow Canyon Half Marathon in St. George.  I ran this race for my first half marathon last year, and it was a blast.

This year, Shandy, Eden and I were planning to run this race together, but Shandy got to stay home and have flu instead (so much fun!)  So Eden and I ran in beautiful St. George weather.  The temperature was cold at the starting line — we waited around for about 45 minutes at 40 degrees — but beautiful for running.  The sun came over the mountain just as the race started, and we ran in the sunshine down a beautiful canyon.

Eden has been racing me in training runs and winning, so it wasn’t a big surprise when she took off around mile 11 and out distanced me.  She came in a full minute ahead of me.  I beat my PR from last year by 40 seconds, coming in at 1:56:39.

What a wonderful thing to have teenagers to run along with me!  I can’t wait until the whole family can run together.

Do you run with your children?  How do you encourage your family to more physical activity?  Please leave me a comment.

 

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  1. I’ve been reading you for a while and I am so jealous. My daughters are very young, 2 and 4, so for us as a family, walking 1 or 2 miles is a challenge, I will keep working on it because I would love to live with them the experience you tell in your blog, and I don’t meant just the half marathon.

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    • Thanks for your comment! It is challenging to walk with the little ones, and honestly, I’m not sure I could have been a runner when my kids were all little. Just keep working on making activity a priority, though, and little by little you will find you can walk (or run!) together. It’s all the little steps that add up.

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