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A Family That Runs Together.......

is too tired to argue with each other afterwards.


Group Running in Race


No, but seriously.... I have been a "runner" since around 2009/2010. There was no rhyme or reason for my running back then. I wasn't consistent. I didn't train. Heck, I don't even know if my form was any good. I just remember on days I was upset I would just go for a run. Let's be serious - at best it was a slow jog back then.


Around 2011/2012 I got into mud runs. Or maybe mud runs became a thing. I don't know, it was so long ago.


In 2013 I actually started running. Like, really running. I had become a runner. I enjoyed it (most days) and I was able to run 3 miles without dying so that was a plus. I lived in an area where there were a ton of running events; trails, obstacle runs, mud and themed races. And, there was always free beer at the finish line. Who doesn't love a cold beer at 8:30am after a nice run? I actually did pretty well. I was always placing in my age group which felt amazing considering I ran in a heavily Marine Corps populated area. So the women I was running with were beasts. And I was able to keep up with them.


In 2017 I got a wild hair to sign up for and run the Marine Corps Marathon. Now... I had NEVER even ran a half marathon at this point. So why in the world was I committing to a full? It was a spur of the moment registration to run with Team USO. I didn't know the first thing about training for 26.2 miles but I was all in.


Fast forward to suckering a friend's husband into running it with me. We spent the entire summer training on Saturday morning's (6am ish) while my friend was rode her bike and provided us with water, towels, ice-y hot spray and energy gels throughout our routes. All of our training paid off because on marathon day - we ran all 26.2 miles taking in the amazing sights of Washington D.C. and Arlington, Virginia, while being cheered on by thousands on spectators.


I've continued to run since then - but I'm definitely not as fast as I used to be. Now I've got my step son running in races with me. He could be really good because he's naturally fast and has long ass legs - but sadly, he doesn't put in the effort or want to train. That's ok - running isn't for everyone. But, he still gets out there from time to time to run races with me. And we even managed to get Jason to sign up to run with us in May.


On Sunday, May 19, the three of us are running in the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Weekend run. No... we are not doing the marathon. We signed up for the 5k. But the coolest part -you finish the race running through Lambeau Field. I ran this race two years back (and placed 2nd in my age group thank you very much!) so I am looking forward to doing it as a family. Now, I know both guys will be way ahead of me (long ass legs, remember?) but there is just something special about running together as a family.


So if you are reading this and just happen to live in the area, click on the link and join us. Maybe you've always wanted to get into running, or maybe you've taken a break from running and need an excuse to get back at it. With 3 months until race day you have plenty of time to get race ready. And Van Family Fit is ready to help!




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