I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 Linkup today and we’re talking about running with family and friends. It’s pretty amazing, while I’ve been active all my life, my friend Susi inspired me to pick up running (in a more serious manner) and then, in turn, I inspired my sister, cousin and his girlfriend to start running regularly, too.
I am going to approach this topic from a more inclusive perspective of physical exercise in general because I’ve always been surrounded by people who value an active lifestyle and regular physical exercise in their lives. Four family members (including myself) hold degrees in physical education. I grew up playing many different sports. Running was always part of, but never my main form of exercise.
Here are the family members and friends who inspire me every day!
1. My Dad — When it comes to physical exercise and an active lifestyle, my Dad has always been my biggest inspiration and role model. He has never been a distance runner, but he’s instilled a love for sports and exercise in me from a young age. He’s a (now retired) P.E. teacher, tennis trainer and skiing instructor. Now in his late 60’s, he still regularly works out, plays tennis (on a team), golfs, and is still an avid skier during the winter months.
You know how it is, runners want to talk about running all the time and most
people non-runners roll their eyes if you repeatedly bring up your training or races, but can you imagine how amazing it is when your Dad is someone who genuinely wants to talk about that kind of stuff? Who asks you every single day how your workout was. Who wants to talk about fitness gear, statistics, and new workout plans. My Dad is the first person I call with questions in regards to my training, with injury advice, or simply to get some emotional support.
2. My sister — We’ve played sports together all our lives. We were on tennis and softball teams together, we both studied P.E. in college. (She’s teaching P.E. at an elementary school now, I got a teaching degree for P.E. in high school, but ended up choosing a different career path.) My sister has a full-time job and two kids and doesn’t get out to run as often as she’d like to, but she recently picked up her tennis racket again and I am so proud of her for making time to exercise.
3. My cousin — He also studies P.E., plays soccer and regularly visits the gym. He’s into living a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy and staying fit. I was able to go for run with him when I went back home in May (of course, he’s way faster than I am) and he (and his girlfriend) are contemplating running a race with me here in California when they come visit in September. I am so stoked!
4. My friend Susi — If it wasn’t for my friend Susi, I would have never considered participating in a race. I blogged about it before, if she hadn’t dared me to sign up for a race with her, me + running (in the way I am pursuing it now) would probably not have happened. Susi inspires me every day to become a stronger and better version of myself and I am so proud of her for how far she’s come!
5. My BFF from back home — I mentioned her before, she’s my oldest friend (we have known each other since elementary school) and she has been battling a brain tumor for the better part of the last decade. She’s one of the best people I know and I still can’t wrap my head around why she has been dealt this card in her life, but in spite of it all, she’s one of the most positive and life-loving people I know. She has never been particularly sporty when we were younger, but she has picked up running to keep active and physically healthy and it was one of the highlights of my trip back home in May to go for a run with her along Lake Starnberg!