Monday, February 21, 2011

Training with My Dad!!

Meet my Dad.  This picture is from my little sister's HS Graduation in 2009.

Well, you see, my Dad is on a weight loss journey.  He's tried several times through the years to lose weight, but this year is different.  I recommended a nutritionist and he went and spoke with her.  He's changed his way of eating and he's working out.  So far, he's lost 25 pounds this year.  The big thing is, he's doing it the right way.

Well, as I was studying/writing my paper yesterday, he called.  I could tell he wanted to do something, I just didn't know what.  He finally told me he wanted to go run a mile outside.  You see, my dad used to be in the Army.  He used to run 6 minute miles everyday.  Then, 30 years and weight gain happened.  Life happened.  Well, he has started running on the treadmill at the gym.  He's been able to run a 12 minute pace for about 23 minutes or so without stopping.  You can't even begin to understand how proud I am of him.

So, when my dad called and said he wanted to run a mile outside, I stopped everything I was doing and went and changed into my running clothes.  We went to the trail and we ran.  He did pretty good, too.  He wasn't able to keep his pace and run the whole mile, but he made it that mile in 13:47.  And proud doesn't even begin to explain how I felt!  He was a tad disappointed, but I told him that running outside and running on a treadmill are totally different.  Plus, he started out running WAY too fast (8:54).  So, we're gonna keep working on it and working towards his goal.

His goal?  Running a 5k the first week of May.  You better believe I'll be running that 5k with him, no matter what pace he's running.  :)
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7 comments:

Yankee Girl said...

That is such a great goal! Your dad is lucky to have you by his side!

Tyly said...

YAY! I love this post. You guys are going to do great together. :)

Lorrie said...

That is fantastic, Shannon! It is so neat that you can be ther and do it with him!

Lo @ Not Your Average Southern Belle said...

This post made me teary :) LOVE that you and your dad can do that together! I wish I lived closer to my parents.

Annie said...

aw! i think this is just awesome!!! so cool that your dad is losing weight so quick and doing what he can to be healthy! :) i think that's amazing and so fun that you two can run together!!

Abbie said...

I think this is so wonderful! How many times in our lives have our dad's dropped what they're doing for us? And now you get the chance to do the same! So excited for you both!

lindsay said...

Hooray for your dad! Glad to hear his healthy-journey is going well and bring on the may 5k!!