Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to Grow A Running Partner

1. Birth/Adopt/Acquire a baby.

2. Take a walk everyday with said baby. Make this an event that is pleasurable for both you and baby.

3. As baby grows into kid, encourage active games like tag and capture the flag. Make sure running is viewed as natural and fun.

4. As kid grows into elementary age, start to run short distances together and make up word games to play to distract them when they struggle.

5. Set small achievable goals for kid and when they reach these milestones, reward them with their very own running watch in a cool color.

6. Take kid to beautiful running paths where you can take in God's creation and look for red birds (and tell them that red birds mean "God is watching").

7. Sign entire family up for short runs that support a cause. Run the race. Eat lots of cookies, bagles, and Coldstone ice cream afterwards and talk about how hard it was and who you beat.

8. Continue to run yourself and bring home priceless treasures you find on the roadside.

9. As the kid grows into a teenager, push them to run farther distances with you. Tell them you know they can do it even when they can't believe they could ever run that far. Breathlessly recite every Scripture you have ever memorized in your life to distract them those last two grueling miles.

10. Run with teenager--your stride matching theirs--on a warm Sunday afternoon and feel the joy fill your heart as you realize it has finally happened. You have grown yourself your very own perfect running partner. Good Work!

" Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. "
I Corinthians 9:24-25

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