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.