Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Running Six Word Memoir

A few months back I did a simple six word memoir that was about more than just running. My memoir at that time was "doing the best that I can." It still applies. This week's Take it and Run Thursday topic is to use six words to describe my running. Here are a couple that I came up with (since Amy and Tom didn't pick one, I won't either *wink*):

*Settting an example for my kids.-- I am proud of this one. I love the fact that my children are growing up in a household where getting out and doing something is the norm. Dieting is not seen around here, just healthy eating and exercise. As a mother of a daughter, I hope that I am setting her up for healthy habits in the future (my son, too).

*Competing against myself for constant improvement-- One of the great things about running that I never really "got" when I was much younger is that the only person you really need to compete with is yourself. Of course, the elite athletes are always racing against someone else, but at my level, I can be happy if I improve on my own past performance. When I was in high school, I quit track because I never won a race (or even came close). Now I am running for myself. Would I be thrilled if I ever placed in my age group? Of course. But I doubt that will happen, so I focus on my own goals. Besides... in a race there is always someone who I can win against. LOL

*Getting out there and enjoying nature-- I have recently discovered the joys of trail running. It makes me feel good to really "get out there." I believe that someday I will actually be able to enjoy the scenery instead of watching my feet the entire time. Luckily, where I live, even the paved runs are usually pretty scenic. I am lucky enough to be able to run by several bays and the Pacific Ocean.

*Something that is just for me-- As a mother of two small children, I do a lot every day to keep them happy and healthy. When I run and workout, it is something that is MINE. This is something that I can do on my own and be proud of it. The great thing is that my husband values athletics just as much as I do. He gives me the time I need and supports me. In return, he gets his time for cycling, basketball etc.


Betsy said...
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Betsy said...

I so agree. Also, your kids are adorable.

tamara said...

Awesome thoughts!! I can definitely identify - especially with your first and last thoughts. Showing your kids how to be healthy (especially the girls) is so important these days. Good thoughts about running.

Alissa said...

I can identify with all of these. Except for the kids part - but someday. I'm glad you realize that dieting in the house is bad for kids. So many people don't understand that. Good job!

And the part about being in nature - I definitely hear you. I love being outside at dawn when everyone is asleep and its just me, the sound of my feet hitting the pavement and my thoughts.

MCM Mama said...

I love your six. I can totally identify with all of them. Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

These are really great. I don't blame you for not limiting yourself to just one, especially since you've come up with such great 6-word memoirs!

Anonymous said...

i've got you on those! I too wish that when I run trails (if I ever do again, they are all mud very likely at this point with all of our rain) that I could do more than look at my feet!

You're a great writer Lisa.

RunnerMom said...

I love your six-word memoirs. I can definitely relate to them all!


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