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A Desperate Attempt

March is a wonderful month to be a Utahn. There is still snow in the mountains, yet in the valley’s below you can catch a few dry and sunny days. You could say it’s the best of both worlds.

Today marked one of the coveted dry and sunny days. It was warm enough to take my kids outside. I packed them into the jogging stroller and promised my four year old a stop at the park if she was good. That kid constantly requires a dangling carrot. As I loaded up I realized the stroller looked more like a handcart than any kind of athletic contraption. The inventory list included two sippy cups, three blankets, a pacifier, sweatshirts, hats, a water bottle and one super hero cape. As I saw them scrunched in the stroller surrounded by all their precious possessions I thought if this is not the most desperate attempt at a run I don’t know what is.

It’s fair to say my running skills have dropped off a little as life has marched forward and kids have multiplied. When a four mile run includes one stop at a park and another stop to look at the ducks swimming in the canal I guess losing some endurance is a likely consequence. It’s all I can do anymore to keep up even one fourth of the abilities I use to posses. Back in the day this run would have been a walk in the park. These days I play at the park in between miles. I push kids on swings, slip down slides and wipe snotty noses. A far cry from the self indulgence running use to provide.

Today as I pushed my hand cart through this beautiful valley I tried to keep positive. Telling myself not all is lost. I’m still out here doing it. I’m still fighting the good fight. At the very least I hope my kids learn, through my example, that it’s fun to exercise. I hope they see being active as an adventure. I want them to love playing outside, just as I did. I wish for them to master this love of running, jumping and playing and realize it doesn’t have to end in adulthood. My kids will see mom riding her bike, hiking through the dirt and swimming in a lake, still having just as much fun as when she was a kid.

The fifty five pounds I now push in front of me has perhaps made me a weaker athlete in some ways, but in other ways these kids have given me greater purpose to do the things I love.

A desperate attempt at running

About the Author

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy is a wannabe athlete. As a Utah native and skier she’s a born powder hound and will steal your line if you’re not careful. In the summertime you can find her trail running, swimming in a lake and cycling her way around Cache Valley. Lindy Graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and enjoys writing about all her adventures and misadventures.

Lindy with daughter


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