In June I participated in a "fun run" at the hospital my dad works at, Santiam Memorial Hospital. It's a yearly event, and my mom, siblings and I have done them off and on for the past 20 years or so. My dad, however, is not a runner by any stretch of the imagination and has never run in one until this year. I'm not entirely sure what prompted him to join, but it was a nice moment for us to share, even though we didn't run together.
This is a picture of my dad and me. Dad even won his age group!
In September, I signed up to do another run at the local Oktoberfest celebration. I mentioned it to my mom about 45 minutes before it started, and she decided she wanted to do it too. She, too, won her age group. It was really fun to see my mom accept her award, even though in the long run the pin and ribbon don't mean anything.
This is a picture of my mom and me after the Oktoberfest run.
In a week I am doing another run with my cousin. I sign up for these runs mostly for two reasons. 1) Committing to a run motivates me to stay in running shape. 2) Socially, it's very enjoyable and a fun way to spend time with other people. I am also hoping that the procrastinator that lives in me will someday realize that not training for a run is a terrible idea, and I should stop doing it. Someday.