I am still buzzing from completing the London Marathon. I am still in pain, and utterly exhausted. But the buzz of completing this surpasses any challenge I have done previously. It is amazing. So much so that I signed up for my next challenge this morning. Only a half marathon in October, but something I can really work to and improve on.
But even better than the buzz of completing a marathon, is the impact training and completing has had on my kids. More than once we have discussed signing up as a family for a 5k, and now the marathon is over, the conversation has become more impassioned. My children have told me how proud they are of me (cue lots of tears and a lot of blushes). And we have discussed training together to work toward an event as a family.
I am beyond proud of my children. But more than that I am so, so glad that I have put myself through the training and pain of the marathon and given them that pride in me.
Th news is full every day of stories linked around the “obesity epidemic”. Either children are spending too much time on computers, or are eating all the wrong foods. And parents are being blamed for not getting their children outside, and for feeding them poorly, and lazily, and so on and so forth. And I am more than aware of it. I am a woman who was put on a diet around the age of 5, and am more than aware of the lasting effect of that action. From their births I have been conscious of nutrition, and not making an issue around food, and not making foods good or bad, and allowing everything, but trying to teach that everything has its place. And it’s exhausting. But we are doing ok!
As parents we have always endeavoured to be fairly active anyway, with regular country walks, and active holidays, and the kids moaning “But can’t we just stay at home” more than once.
Because while I have always had weight issues and food issues and body issues and confidence issues, I have been determined that my children will not grow up with similar issues if I can do my best to avoid it. I don’t doubt they will have their own concerns and anxieties, but while I can steer their food and activity levels to some degree, I can be a positive influence.
But marathon training has stepped everything up, and my kids are truly inspired, and I love it! And what pleases me most is that they feel they can do something too. They believe in themselves. They believe they can achieve. They don’t see me as a fat mum who can’t do much. They’ve seen me make my way around London! And so I am trawling through events to find a challenge we can do as a family.
And to top all this wonderful stuff off, my children have all decided to make Sane our family charity, and to raise money for them through whichever challenge we choose to take up next.
For all the frustrations, and annoyances, and bickerings and fights, I couldn’t be more proud of my kids than I am now!