The best part about training for the Finish Line Festival 5K, which takes place right before the One America Festival Mini-Marathon, is that my daughter is training along with me. We’ve had some serious body image talks lately. The tweens have her questioning everything about herself and she often feels like she needs to be more like the images she sees in the media. While I’m not going to debate that issue (ever), I will say that I’ve had the opportunity to talk about a strong, healthy body and the importance of the right fuel for her body.
We’ve also logged many hours on treadmills and on our neighborhood sidewalks just talking. I love this time. She tells me stories about her day and her friends – things I wouldn’t ordinarily get to hear about with the hustle and bustle of our busy days. I cherish the miles we log.
And, personally, I love the feeling of completing a workout. I notice a better mood, a decrease appetite. I think that my adolescent like acne is on a hiatus thanks to all of the water I’ve been drinking. This has largely been great so far. Except, for every single morning that I dread getting to 10,000 steps. Every single day I have to talk myself into participating in being a better, healthier, stronger version of myself. Every. Single. Day.
After a few weeks, I thought the routine would be ingrained and not dread inducing. But, I do dread it, mostly. Again, when I leave the gym I feel AWESOME. I feel powerful and proud of myself and I feel the energy return to my soul. Sadly, tomorrow, I’ll have to coach myself through another 10,000 steps. The mantra I repeat every day – show the girl that you can do it, so she knows she can do it.
Disclosure: McDonald’s of Central Indiana has provided benefits, including free OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or Finish Line 500 Festival 5K registration, an Arch Card, a t-shirt and giveaway products in exchange for my participation in this campaign.