Anton at the starting line of his first half marathon at NYC Runs Flushing Meadows Half Marathon
Ever since I started running, I secretly wished (okay, maybe it wasn’t such a huge secret) that my kids would fall in love with running too. I had visions of us running together on Sundays, joining marathons abroad when they were older, and throwing out words like fartlek and recovery every morning during breakfast. But, I promised myself early on that I would never ever force them into the sport. Doing so can backfire with them hating it altogether. And, I always believe in allowing my children to discover their own path and passions.
So, when Anton, now 16 years old, told me that he wanted to join a half marathon, I was pleasantly surprised. I almost jumped out of my seat to do cartwheels, but, at the same time, an overwhelming feeling of fear and hesitation came over me. (more…)