The Bionic Man and I have a rule that our children need to do some kind of activity on a regular basis that will keep their bodies moving. Our goal is not to produce Olympians, it is simply to give them the opportunity to find activities they will enjoy that will help them stay healthy.
This is her second year as part of her middle school’s cross country team. Last year, when she started, it took her 23 minutes the first time she ran the 3K course. This year, she can do it in less than 14 minutes. Running has helped Endeavor to deal with stress. She’s learned that she feels better after she runs, even when she’s had a hard day at school. Running has also taught Endeavor to eat. She has learned to recognize the connection between her body and it’s need for healthy food to power it up. She’s ravenous after she runs, and I’ll tell you: for the mom of what used to be three very picky, sporadic eaters, it’s good to be down to two. (Her grandmas will be interested to note that Endeavor still won’t eat cereal with milk, though.) [Read more…]