I had a very funny workout on Friday!! The Dude and I headed out for an afternoon run. We’d dug out his old stroller and the Dude was up for a test-run. I’d hoped to run four or five miles, but he had other ideas and directed me loudly over to a nearby office park which has a running trail studded with outdoor gym type stations. Bars for pull ups, benches for press ups, that kind of thing. I used to go regularly but let it slip!
So off we went.
I ran about a mile there and did a couple of the stations, with the Dude snapping photos. (The photos of me below are by the Dude). But then he insisted on getting out his buggy and joining in. My work out effectively ended at that point, but it became a load more fun. He ran around from station to station, wearing only a T shirt and underpants (we are potty training) and I taught him to do sit ups and push ups. He looked so cute!!
I utterly loved this half hour or so with the Dude. We sat there on the floor at the crunches station as I supported his head and he leant backwards, and I got a real pleasure out of passing something I love on to my son. I’ve always hoped that the Dude would see me trying to be fit and healthy, and it would just naturally be something he did in his own life. And during this time together, I got a little glimpse of it. As I ran along, behind his fat little legs, pushing an empty stroller as he hurtled along shrieking…that felt good. Hearing him shout ‘I did it’ as he did a toddler-sized push-up…that felt good. I try to teach him the things I think are important – good manners, being compassionate, about God, about being healthy. And today I felt like something might be sinking in. And it felt really good.
Now if I could only teach him to poo in the potty!