Last night my family, several members of my running clinic and approximately 20 000 other Canadians took part in Running Room’s 20 Minute Challenge. Walkers and runners across the country were invited to participate in a 20 minute (or longer) route at their nearest Running Room store and share in the fun of keeping fit. If you registered in advance (free registration) you also received a running hat.
It was great fun seeing so many people out on a summer’s evening embracing the outdoors and personal fitness. Once again I was so happy to expose my kids to this kind of event. In their eyes, getting out and running – or walking, biking, whatever – is just a part of normal life. They were rather excited to be part of a running group and they made great pace bunnies for the large group of us heading out to do 2 sets of 10 and 1’s.
Once we were done with the official event, we headed back to the river for some more family running. Both of the boys are wearing old Garmin watches of mine. Needless to say they have figured out every possible mode of their watches and have them doing things I never even knew about when I wore them. Both boys were really keen to do distance intervals, so off we went doing some sprints followed by walks. Evan, who ended up ahead, even threw in some jumping jacks and sit ups! I am so pleased that they considered all of this a night of fun. They have even asked if they can come join me for the Wednesday night runs with my group!
One last reason to head to the Ottawa River for an evening run: