We’ve gotten up early for the past two days to walk and run.  And this morning, I asked her if she wanted to skip a day.  Mostly because I wanted to skip a day.   But nope.  She was determined.  So we both woke up today, on a mission.

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I think she was motivated by her new running shoes.  Because who doesn’t love a brand new pair of shoes?

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She was a bit sleepy getting ready, but was determined as ever to get going.

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I made them take a quick picture before we left.  A few weeks ago, I told everyone in our family that it was my dream that we would all be runners.  And somehow, I think that dream is coming true a bit.  Jeremy’s gotten up early for the past week straight to run and Christian joined him this morning.  Needless to say, I’m pretty proud of our little running family.

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We always try to stretch a bit before we go.  And again, seeing our sweet Ellee doing something so good and healthy just makes my heart happy.  Because it’s my dream that our kids would pick up good, healthy life habits.  And exercise is certainly one of them.

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This is the smile that she gave her Daddy right before we left.  Because she loves him and he was super proud of her getting ready to run and all.

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And then we were off.  And just so you know, we’re not amazing champion runners quite yet.  We walk a bit and then we run.  And then we walk some more.  Our goal is a three part process.  We use the telephone poles as our guides.  We jog one, sprint one and then walk one.  Then repeat.  Without fail, in the first two minutes, we’ve stopped and I’m standing by the road giving Ellee a motivational speech.  Because she gets a cramp or stumbles and then isn’t so sure she wants to go on.  But I push her a bit to persevere.  Because I think as parents we need to push our kids to work hard.  We need to push them to do good things for themselves, even when it hurts.  We know that it will be good for them in the long run.  No pun intended, but it works.

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And on we go.  We have a two mile loop but today only did a mile and a half.  Because it was hot and we were a little tired from our other days of running.  We stopped on the bridge by the old duck farm.  We talked.  And all in all, I was so glad the whole time that we were outdoors and enjoying some morning exercise.

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In the words of Dr. Suess, plain and simple, “we run for fun.”  And lately it’s been in the “hot, hot sun.”  And to be honest, it’s a pretty great way to start out the morning.  And because of the endorphins, we are all pretty cheery after our morning runs.  So it’s a good thing, all in all.  Thanks for stopping by to read and have a wonderful day!

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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