Last week Luke ran in the Waukesha Optimist 1.5 mile Cross Country Run held over at Waukesha West. It was a unique decision because the family as a whole is not big runners. Maybe round the bases during baseball, definitely on the soccer field as a defender or forward, but never for a length of distance.
But deep down I think Luke knew he was not a strong runner, but was energized because he saw an young athlete profile on a kids channel of cable in between shows and this kid was doing cross training to get better at all of his sports. I think they practice 3 times a week for about 3 weeks before school with a school coach.
His finished the race but you could tell he was a little down. So, I told him that the proper way to get past this is to set a plan and a course of action, and then take the corrective steps to improve the situation.
My hair-brained idea was that we would get up around 6 AM each day and go for a run before I go to work. A little father/son bonding, a little exercise for me, Luke working towards becoming a better runner, and I can still get to work on time. Sounded like a win-win for everyone.
I think I failed to mention that I really despise running. Really. I think running to the fridge for the next beer is about as far as I would like to really go.
Luke and I talked about it a couple days, and then on Sunday one more time. Luke thought it would be good plan.
We are now two days in of our program, and I made it both days (so did Luke). I can barely stand or walk at work, but we are making it together.