(Sunday, January 30, 2011) I am writing this after a four mile run. Actually, I am working my way up with interval training, having started a month or so ago by walking two minutes and running one minute, then, a week or so later upping it to two and two, then a week or so later, Â two minutes walking and three minutes running and today, feeling inspired, I raised it to alternating one minute of walking followed by three minutes of running. Â Soon I hope to be able run the entire four miles…and then, hopefully, even more.
Going The Distance
This morning I drove down to Miami hours before the crack of dawn to watch, up close, the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Â I had a vested interest in watching this race as my oldest son, Zach, was running in it, his first half marathon. Â I am in awe of Zach these days, and find him to be an incredible source of pride and inspiration to me. Â It seems for the moment our roles have been reversed. Â The parent/mentor has been outdone by the child/mentee. Â While, as the Dad, I am the one who is supposed to motivate and lead by example, now it is Zach leading me down the path of aspiring to run. Â In less than a year, Zach has, on his own, lost nearly 150 pounds and now he has trained for, and completed, a half-marathon – 13.1 miles.
Motivation and Perspiration
I found myself overcome with emotion as I watched Zach and the other runners, many in wheelchairs or otherwise physically challenged, many younger than me, and quite a few older than me, all glowing with the sweat of determination as they passed me on the sidelines while they were enroute to the finish line. Â Each was competing with over 20,000 other runners, yet each was completing their own very individual and personal triumph. Â I came away from the race extremely proud of Zach, and motivated myself. Â I did not share the marathoners’ perspiration, but I did share their inspiration, and I hope to one day experience walking- er, running, in their shoes.
Watching the marathon reminded me that there are no limits to our ability to achieve. Â There is so much we are capable of, so much we can accomplish, when we just put our mind to it and decide to make it so. Â You just have to take one step after another, again and again and again… Keep moving forward and keep the finish line foremost in your mind. Â I learned that from my son.
How about you? Â What are your kids teaching you?
Here is an Animoto video of some of the pictures I took of Zach and the Miami Marathon.
Jeff Sass is the proud dad of ZEO (Zach, 22, Ethan, 20 and Olivia, 19). Â He is also a seasoned entertainment and technology exec and active social media enthusiast. Â You can see more of Jeffâ€™s writing atÂ Sassholes! andÂ Social Networking Rehab and you can listen to Jeff on theÂ Cast of Dads podcast.??
P.S. & Disclosure: The pictures in the Animoto video above were taken with a Sony NEX-5Camera (affiliate link), which I received as a sample from Sony that I am not expected to return. Â It is a great camera and my fellow “Cast of Dads” cohort, Michael Sheehan, has a great and detailed review of the camera here.