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    Running from the running bug

    Somewhere along the line my daughters became runners. That should come as no surprise to regular Grandma's Briefs readers as I've shared many times the victories — mini and marathon — of Andrea, Brianna and Megan.

    Though he's the son of running enthusiast Mommy Megan, Bubby does his very best to run from the running bug that nabbed his mom and aunties. That was confirmed again this past weekend.

    Bubby, Mac and Mommy participated in a 5K on Saturday, a run to raise funds for a local cause. The objective Megan set forth to keep the boys (as well as her pregnant self) from wearing out too soon was to run a block, walk a block, run a block, walk a block, and so forth until the 3.1 miles (5K) were completed. Bubby would run and Mac would run as he could, always having the option to climb into the stroller Megan pushed as she ran/walked with them.

    kids run mile marker

    Now, Bubby doesn't care much for running. He's more of a baseball-playing kind of guy. Yet he was a good sport.

    kids run mile marker 2

    Mac was a good sport, too. Megan reported he sprinted as fast as his little legs would take him on the designated "run" blocks — then resorted to kickin' back in the stroller when his speedy style got to be too much for his tiny legs.

    toddler in stroller

    Despite his lack of affection for running, Bubby proved he certainly has the ability. In fact, he placed second in his age group, completing the course in just under an hour.

    When presented his winning medal, Bubby proudly sported it for post-race pictures...

    kids run medal 

    Then he kindly, in the most prize-winning big-brother fashion, allowed stroller-strutting Mac to wear the medal for a photo, too...

    toddler with running medal

    You'd think a medal such as that would surely lead Bubby to give in to the running bug. Not happening. After the run was done, Bubby told Mommy he never wants to do a run again — at least not until he's 30! Later, when Megan pleaded with Bubby to join her just one more time for an upcoming Mother's Day run, Bubby let her know he'll happily buy her a gift for Mother's Day, but no way is he running — not even on Mother's Day.

    Megan shared that conversation with me yesterday while Bubby listened in the background. "I do not like running!" he confirmed. 

    Despite Bubby's resistance to running, the fun they had leads me to consider flirting with the running bug myself. If, that is, one of my running daughters will run alongside me, pushing a grandma-sized stroller for me to collapse into when the running gets to be too much.

    Then again, after re-reading that paragraph and realizing just how very far from reality the idea of me running might be, I guess I'll just stay home and enjoy any photos Megan shares of her future runs with my grandsons.

    Well, her future runs with Mac, that is. At least until Bubby turns 30.

    post race kids run

    Today's question:

    What is the farthest you've ever run?

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    Reader Comments (9)

    Omigosh, what adorable pictures!

    I'm with Bubby all the way. The last time I 'ran' was around the high school track under the eyes of a sadistic (in my opinion) gym teacher. Oh, and three weeks ago when my grandson took off like the blazes in a crowded auditorium with 1000s of people. It's amazing what an adrenaline rush of terror can do for the body.

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I hate running too! The longest distance I've done was when I was in Navy bootcamp in 1977. I had to run 2 1/4 mile in 20 minutes. I finished it but let's just say I didn't break any records and I did graduate from bootcamp!.

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    The boys look adorable and you can't tell from the pictures that Bubby HATES running! So, he is quite the actor, too!

    The farthest I've ever run was probably about two miles round trip on the farm in Minnesota back when I could outrun Jeff (now 55 and with one artificial leg ), so, occasionally I entertain the idea that I might still outrun him, what with his "one leg" handicap.

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I never went further than 5K in a race, but I did like to run. I ran my last 5k in 2001 (after a 38 year lay-off) but my back and hips finally told me "No mas." The fact that it took me over thirty minutes to do what I had once been able to do in under twenty didn't help either. Bette Davis was right!

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbob

    About 35 years ago, I used to jog a bit, and I could run a mile. Now occasionally I will do a workout where I walk for 3-4 minutes and run for 1-2 minutes. Conclusion: I love how I feel after these "running" workouts. But I'm with Bubby. I hate running.

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Adcox

    I ran a few 10K races back in the days before my knees and hips began saying no-no-no! Your grandkids are adorable.

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris

    My answer to your question would normally be from the front door to the refrigerator, but you know I'd be kidding. Sort of.

    Those grandsons are so unbelievably cute. I love the photos.

    April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    The boys get more handsome every post. :-) I'm with Bubby - I don't run. Even if there was a fire, I'd probably walk really fast. :-)

    Love the pictures even if I am running a day late in my reading! Like Bubby, I don't like to run. I love to walk and would gladly walk forever almost -- but no running here!

    April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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