Get up and move!

Christy, me, and her mommy Andrea.
This weekend Christy's mother Andrea (and her friend Betty and Christy and somehow I) raced in the Shamrock 8K in Virginia Beach, her first 8K. A year ago she had never run a race, was not active, and was struggling with debilitating sciatica.

It started with Christy taking up running, a more interesting exercise routine for her than spending endless hours on the elliptical at the gym. After her first 5K with me back in 2007 she later ran a 10K and most recently a half marathon. As a "gift" she signed up her mother and aunt for a 5K last September, giving them a walking program and strict orders on how to train.

Now Andrea has started training on her own, walking longer distances and greatly increasing her speed. Christy is still her coach, but the desire to improve is coming from within. Upon completing the 8K she was euphoric and already talking about her next race.

We have a choice as to whether or not we stay active. "Use it or lose it" is very true; the difference in how sedentary versus active people age is drastic. It takes commitment and work, but you can choose an activity or sport that you enjoy, and not only will you reap the health benefits but you will also be feeding your primal instincts to improve and achieve. If you are not doing anything now, consider starting something, the sooner the better. If not for yourself, do it for the people who love you and want you to live longer!

There were some interesting
Andrea was one of them.
Lots of people came out for the
event. Here's what the backs of
them looked like.
One of the nice things about
bringing up the rear is that
you get your own police escort!

Andrea and I walked together the entire race. The best part is always the finish line...

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