I love sport and take any opportunity I can to get moving. It's not always easy to find time but I always feel so much better (and nicer!) afterwards. And as parents, we are trying our best to create the same enthusiasm in our boys for a whole host of reasons. again often under discussion in this micro-parent-management-age.
One regular event we try to attend is Parkrun - a free weekly timed 5K run that takes place throughout the year. There are 417 Parkruns taking place on Saturdays at 9am. We go to Penrhyn Parkrun which has a spectacular background of Snowdonia scenery and an undulating course, often muddy and windy once the Autumn and Winter months kick in.
The great thing about Parkrun is that it is not a race, rather all types of runners and joggers and walkers of all ages come along to join in, from toddlers to pensioners. Some come as families and walk and run around at the pace of their youngest child; some come to meet new people and have some me time; some come to get fitter and some come to smash their PB week on week.
For us, Parkrun has become a great start to the weekend and both our boys are learning that if you keep going, you feel really great when you get to the finish line. And to stick with it - its a great life lesson. And a couple of weeks ago, they both got medals at the special #IamteamGB parkrun which made their day. Their experience of sport at school is so hit and miss (another story but I think kids should do sport / PE every day at school, even if its only for 15 mins at the start of the day), it is great to get involved as a family and get moving.