Last May, my son came to me and said, “Dad, we need to do something ‘athletic’ together.” After some discussion (and against my better judgment) we agreed on running, set a goal to run the Cooper River Bridge 10k Run this year and started running together about 3-4 times each week.
Well, April 2nd was the big day. It was crazy, but great. We finished in about 62 minutes (for the record, I finished 6 seconds ahead of him), which put us in the top 38% of about 35,000 finishers, and although our goal was to finish in under an hour, we were pretty happy with how we did.
Looking back, there are several things I have learned from this experience:
- 6.2 miles is longer than I thought it would be.
- MotrinIB is good.
- Aleve is better.
- I am slightly OCD about tracking my workouts.
- Good running shoes don’t last as long as I think they should.
- Good running shoes cost more than I think they should.
- Jeff Galloway is a genius.
- My son is a pretty cool kid.
- I don’t drink enough water.
- Music is better to run to than podcasts (sorry Matt & Erwin…Thanks Toby).
- I am more proud than I should be that I can outrun a 12-year-old.
- I will probably not be able to outrun my son much longer.
- Public parking in Charleston cannot adequately handle an additional 40,000 people on a Saturday morning.
- It feels good to be in shape, and “in shape” is a relative term.
- I can do more than I think I can do.
All in all, it was a great experience for both of us. Now, my son has talked me into training for a 1/2 marathon in October. I think he’s trying to kill me.