Monday, January 25, 2010

A Proud Marathon Dad

I had to share this sweet tale from a dad here in Portland named Steve. He and his older daughter, Jennifer, age 26, are training to run Boston together. (That's them up there.) They've run the Portland Marathon together, and both set PRs last May at the Eugene Marathon (Jennifer ran 3:39 and he ran 2:59!). Here's the part of the tale (an email written by Steve) I had to share, as it made this mother tear up:

"For Christmas, I had technical running shirts done up with 'Running Boston with My Dad' on her shirt and 'Running Boston with My Daughter' on my shirt. She always insists on running on my left so her shirt has an arrow pointing right and my shirt has an arrow pointing left. She is super-excited about wearing them and doing that race. I thought she'd think the shirts were corny, but instead she cried and told me it was the best gift she'd ever received. I'm going to run every step of the Boston Marathon with her so watch for us on video at the finish line in our funny shirts!"

I know I daydream about sharing something so special with one (or all!) of my children.

-SBS

16 comments:

trifitmom said...

every year i watched the NYC marathon that was my absolute favorite, seeing folks running with their parents. LOVED it.

Katie A. said...

That is such a sweet story! I hope to run with my (future) kids one day - even if it isn't a marathon.
Thanks for sharing :)

candlerun (htabby) said...

Now how sweet is that... :0)

Thanks for sharing that!

Teamarcia said...

OMG could you just imagine how great that would be?? I'll be watching for them in Beantown!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE LOVE this story. i can only hope that someday my boys are crazy running dudes..

Steven said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Sarah! I'm very proud of my daughter and very happy that she has chosen a healthy-lifestyle path.
I've only been to Boston for the Marathon once and I'm looking forward to going back and this time sharing it with Jennifer.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

That is the sweetest story.

If we all could share these crazy things we love to do with those important to us. We shouldn't wait to do them time is a fast and funny thing.

Wishing my Daddy could still run with me.

Carolina John said...

one of my kids got to hit the fun run after one of my 5k's. it was a blast. maybe one day they will be able to marathon with me. i'm still trying to talk my father into hitting a triathlon with me.

great story!

Pete said...

I've gotten to know Steven a bit in the last several months. Super guy -- and a heck of a runner!

Lyndsey said...

I totally would wear a shirt like that with my dad!

silly aunt sarah said...

that is a great story. way to go dad.

Anonymous said...

I have two daughters with whom I've done several triathlons (including two Ironman races). It is what keeps me in the sport.

Anonymous said...

My husband, youngest daughter and I are planning on running the Chicago Marathon together this fall. It will be the first marathon for the girls. Husband is a veteran marathoner. I can't imagine the way I'll feel crossing the line with my youngest daughter. Her sister will be on the sideline this year with her then 6 month old baby boy with plans to join us next year!

prashant said...

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