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Running Update

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in daughter · exercise · running

My latest blog post on Vibrant Nation is about my daily running routine with my 16-year-old daughter.  Since I’m in the mode, I figured I’d catch y’all up here, too. 

I run every night with my young ‘un. She is younger and faster and has more stamina than I, but we enjoy the time together so she reins herself in to stay in step with the old lady.  Er, that would be me.

The first night we ran she loped up the porch steps at the end of our two mile trek, bounded into the house and chatted up her Dad before hitting the shower.  I stumbled up the steps and landed with a thump on the couch, huffing and puffing and wondering if my lungs would ever forgive my lack of respect.  I was so smelly even the dogs gave me a wide berth, and we’re talking about a pair of Lab mixes who think road kill is gourmet dining.

Now that we’ve been running for a few weeks things have improved. My girl can still run circles around me, of course, but I’ve improved to the point that when I return home I no longer embarrass myself by collapsing into a jelly-like heap. I actually make it to the kitchen for a glass of water first. Not bad, eh?

I planned to go into a little more detail, but my daughter is pacing my office asking, “Are you ready, Mama? Are you ready? Let’s go.”  Ergo, I am off to don my running attire, stretch these tired, old muscles, and head out for my evening run.

There are worse things than the Georgia heat and humidity and trying to run up Cardiac Hill.  I can’t think of what those might be just now, but if I do, I’ll let you know.

Off to huff and puff —

14 Responses to "Running Update"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm  

    Lisa, wow, good for you two! My sister is running with my niece too, and just wrote a blog post about it on her blog Chubby Mommy Running Club. You might enjoy checking it out. I'm going to click on your Vibrant Nation link right now!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm  

    Hi Kathy – I will checkout her blog. Thanks for the head's up.

  3. Comment by Ellie
    August 11, 2010 at 4:23 am  

    Good for you!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 11, 2010 at 5:21 am  

    Hi Ellie! Thanks. I do feel "good for me" after the run. In the middle of it trekking up that blasted hill? Not so much. 😛

  5. Comment by Lynn
    August 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm  

    I'm so jealous. I SAY I'm going to exercise, but it's always… later and then later turns into time to go to bed, and… I'll start tomorrow. Good for you. My daughter wanted me to run with her, but she's never made it over yet 🙂

  6. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    August 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm  

    ARE YOU INSANE? I can barely make my mile walk…what am I saying? My half mile walk. Wait. My once a week, half mile walk.Okay, I'm done. Except for this: You are awesome.

  7. Comment by BECKY
    August 12, 2010 at 1:01 am  

    Hey Lisa, I agree with Miss Cathy C….are you nuts?? I am proud of you, though, but gosh, really…in this heat?? I'm waiting for, make that "perfect" walking weather, then I'll get this chubby mommy outside and see if I can start losing weight…again…it's never ending!

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 12, 2010 at 5:47 am  

    Hi Lynn – Don't give me too much credit. Without my daughter pushing I'd be more likely to remain a fixture in front of my laptop. Procrastination is my usual thing when it comes to exercising, which would explain why I'm so out of shape!

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 12, 2010 at 5:49 am  

    Hey Cathy – I see you on a regular(ish) basis, and you look fantastic, so whatever you're doing is working! It must be all your funny lady stuff that keeps you slim and trim!

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 12, 2010 at 5:54 am  

    Hi Becky – You hit it on the head—yes, I am nuts! I love spending the time with my girl, though, one-on-one. I just hope we don't slack off. I'd like to be nuts through winter, too. 🙂

  11. Comment by Carrie
    August 12, 2010 at 10:36 am  

    Congrats…You need to sign up for a race:-)

  12. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm  

    Lisa,No one is going to do it for you. I am well intentioned. I lift hand weights. That's a beginning. I'm proud that you've taken the heat in stride and hit yours! What a great mom-daughter activity. Have fun.

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 13, 2010 at 5:36 am  

    Hi Carrie — Ha ha…you're so funny! Just one of the reasons I love you, my friend!

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 13, 2010 at 5:39 am  

    Hi Linda – Unfortunately, no. Exercise cannot be delegated. I should lift weights, too, but I'm afraid I'll hurt my bum shoulder. Maybe I can curl soup cans while I'm watching Psych. They aren't too heavy. Hmmm…

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