A few months ago I was focused almost exclusively on speed work in my running. In fact I think that it is probably one of the main mistakes I made in my downward spiral that ended with this injury issue I’ve been working through. I had wanted a fast-for-me marathon finish time for my debut marathon, but instead will now be sitting out completely; an option I didn’t even think was really possible.
At any rate, I’ve been doing what I can in the mean time to recover (video down below). The slower pace has some benefits too. Mostly, I’m spending a lot more quality time with my boys and with our dog. I’ve gone on several walks with my sons and last week my 9 year old biked 6 miles with me. It was a PR for him in distance! 🙂 He now wants to make it a regular thing we do together, which is so amazingly awesome. It’s been really great to get outside with them and get some exercise together. No, these low intensity family workouts are not going to earn me any medals or PRs. I don’t finish feeling sweaty and badass. However, these workouts are completely priceless. We’re spending quality time together moving, getting fresh air and talking about things away from the video games. So right now I’m working on this “slow work”, and plan to do more of it, even when I get back to training. I don’t need a medal to know we’re doing something good by staying active together.
What ideas do you have for family fitness? Always looking for more ideas to incorporate. 🙂