As my children transition into adulthood, I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between empowering them and enabling them. I’ve found that one of the hardest aspects of parenting adult children is standing back while they struggle instead of stepping in to help them. I know I feel good when I figure out a complicated issue at work or push through a hard workout, because I am reminded that I can do hard things. I need to let my children experience their own hard times so they can feel that same joy.
On the fitness front, Orange Theory Fitness is showing me that I can do hard things on the treadmill. In an effort to get my heart rate up into the “orange” zone, I am running faster than I ever have and running at steeper incline grades than I ever have. I’ve run at 8.0 mph (7:30 min/mile) and at an 8.0% incline, although not at the same time. It may only be for a few minutes (or seconds) at a time, but it definitely feels empowering.
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Today is Global Running Day, which evolved from National Running Day. The purpose of Global Running Day is to encourage runners to celebrate and share their love of running. In that spirit, Kristen is hosting a Global Running Day link up at Jonesin’ for a run to help spread the word. I participated in her survey last year, and my answers for this year would be pretty similar–including the races I’ve run so far and the next one on my calendar! My mileage is down a bit (350 miles), but that’s because I’ve sacrificed a running day to Orange Theory Fitness.
The Million Kid Run hopes to get 1 million kids to pledge to run and embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. As an adult-onset runner who hated running as a kid, I have mixed feelings about this, but I do think most kids could benefit from the empowering lessons that running teaches us. Whether your first running challenge is a one mile “fun run” or a 5K, once you finish you will know that you can do hard things.
Mark your calendar and come back for the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up on Saturday!
What makes you feel empowered?
Are you celebrating Global Running Day?