This morning my son Jan rode his bike alongside me, and I pointed out all the lovely fall colors to him to which he dutifully nodded.
I long to instill an awareness of nature in my children and running is a great way to do that.
I also pointed out some very odd looking houses. You know the sort, built by an architect with illusions of grandeur. Not practical at all, but certainy striking. A lot like high heeled shoes!
But the biggest lessons I can teach my children during running concern character.
So why don't you stop running?
After about thirty minutes of running I whined: 'I wanna stop! I don't feel like running anymore!'
My son is nothing if not a practical child so he answered: 'So why don't you!'
But of course I kept on running on and said:
'You can't just quit something because you feel like it! It's all about willpower and pushing through! As it is in life, so it is in running!'
And the next time he doesn't feel like cleaning up his room, or doing his homework, I'll be sure to remind him of today's running/life lesson.