Monday, August 17, 2015

Where Will You Run?

This is one of my favorite photos from the 2014 run. As she posted her pictures from the family run, sweet Haydee commented, "You don't want to know how long it took us to run 5k."  It didn't matter.

 Somethings are better done slowly.  Like raising boys to be men.

When I look at this picture, I see a father and mother who are raising their sons to value women and to fight for them.

Even the ones a world away whom they will never lay eyes on.

Even the ones who are not yet born.

The fact that dad was right there with them?  HUGE. By his participation, Dad validated this event to his sons. As they dressed for their run/walk that day, these boys learned in age-appropriate ways the details of why they were getting dressed in matching shirts, pinning on numbers and hitting the trail.

As they began their run, Haydee told me her youngest looked around, confused and said, "Where is everyone else?"

I'm not sure he was ever able to understand the concept of a virtual run, but the beautiful thing was this:

Everyone else was all over.

There may not have been other runners on the trail that morning, but people were running in Florida, Iowa and Alaska, in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina, in California, Texas, and Puerto Rico.  People walked on trails in the heat and, ran on indoor tracks and treadmills where it was snowy.

As they ran, they sent in pictures like the one above that set my heart on fire.

Let's do it again.  Let's do it even bigger.

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