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Hey Dad, You Wanna Have A Run?

June 15, 2012

If you have seen the movie “Field of Dreams,” you may get the title reference. If not, go watch it. The blog will still be here when you return. Seriously, go. Or at the very least, watch this clip from the end of the film. I got through exactly 49 seconds before I had to turn it off so as not to start crying.

This year for Father’s Day, I want to dedicate a special post to, you guessed it, my dad. But since this is a running blog, I will frame the story through that lens. My dad is a runner. Before there were fad diets and weight loss blogs, my dad dropped well over 50 pounds on the “Slim Fast and lots of running” plan. But this was no passing fancy for him. Well over 15 years later, it remains a big part of his routine. When I was a kid, he would see people from his childhood or early adulthood who would flat out not recognize him.

Like so many kids, I struggled with weight and body image. It was the “you haven’t grown into your body yet” phase. Despite a slightly heavier build, I always seemed to have some amount of athleticism, and tons of love for athletics. So when my dad started his running regiment, I enjoyed tagging along. There were two different routines we had during those early days. One was with me riding my bike next to him as he ran a 4-mile loop around our neighborhood. It was not until much later I began to realize how much harder he must have been running while trying to keep up with the goofy son pedaling out ahead of him. Despite that, he would still put his hand on my back and help push me up hills when I struggled. Read the rest of this entry ?

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