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home : rtc news : on the run with... August 19, 2017

A Note To Mom And Dad By Ed Maslowski
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You can find Ed many a Sunday morning running with the Off Season Striders, no matter what the weather.

At the tender young age of 67 Ed regularly competes in a number of triathlons.


A NOTE TO MOM AND DAD



Persons active in running have been heard to say "I wish I could get my mom or dad into the sport of running." This is a caring and worthwhile effort and the rewards are many. Two that quickly come to mind are a healthy lifestyle and a good way to shed some unwanted pounds. But there is much more. The interaction between a runner, and a running mom or dad can be priceless. So in an effort to reach mom and dad, the next three paragraphs are directed to mom and dad:

Well, your youngster has grown up. Their education is complete, they've found a job and are doing well and they have discovered the sport of running. When they visit, they take time away to go running. They even talk about fun runs. "Really" you say. "How can running be fun?" Well, that's a long story that began a long time ago. Way back when your son or daughter was a preschooler. You remember! You showed them how to tie their shoes, how to hold a pencil. Then you helped with homework, the math formulas, algebra and how to start an essay. You showed them how to shoot a free throw, throw a curveball over the plate, hand position when hitting a golf ball. How to cast a lure while fishing and then as a student driver you showed them how to set cruise control and how to parallel park and so much more. You did all that and you did it well. Now, your son or daughter would like to show you an activity they love - running. They will help you select the proper shoes and the right nutrition supplements from all those on the grocery store shelves. They will coach you on how much water to drink, how to stretch your leg muscles before a run and how to relax them after a run. They will offer suggestions on how to deal with aches that come with running. They will offer all this and much more with the same love and kindness that you offered so generously years ago. And why not? They learned the art of helping a loved one from masters. They learned from you, mom and dad.

And then there may be some group runs. Don't worry about being too slow. Everyone starts their running life slow. You'll meet some nice people and they'll readily share their experiences with running and how it all started. There may even be a fun run. There you'll go to the start line feeling a little nervous and there will be some last minute advice. The start signal goes off and you're running. You may fall behind but there is one thing you can count on. There will be a finish line and your son or daughter will be there waiting for you with high fives and hugs and maybe even "hey, that was great.....we should do this again sometime." And it could be you saying it.

I started running at age 47. I took our daughter, Erin who was 15 years old at the time, to a fun run. I paid her entry fee and promptly sat down on a picnic table and waited. Soon, runners started crossing the finish line as did Erin. Then some of the older guys crossed as well, guys my age. I watched how they ran and how they looked and then looked at myself sitting on a picnic table carrying thirty extra pounds I didn't want. That's how I got into running. Our older daughter Rachel is also a runner. Both daughters are not interested in some of my other favorite sport activities like ice fishing, deer hunting and trap shooting. But the three of us have done fun runs together and those were the best of times. We've been running for years and we still share advice. They have given me a lot of good advice and even some mild scoldings at times. I can say without hesitation about the advice and the scoldings, I loved every minute of it.

--Ed Maslowski







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