Live a Little: Run for Fun

May 7, 2012 Katja Presnal

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Live a little: Run for Fun

Today I’m encouraging you to run for fun. Run because you are so excited, run because you want the quick adrenalin rush of getting your pulse up. I salute you if you actually run-run. Meaning that you run for distance, for a workout and for 5Ks and marathons. But today I am not talking about that kind of running. I’m talking about the type of running kids do.

When I was a little girl and my grandmother lived next door, I never walked to her house. I always ran. I didn’t even realize it until I was already an adult and visiting my parents and when I stepped outside their house to walk to the grandmother’s house (my aunt built a new house and lives there now), I automatically started running out of an old habit.

This last time though I noticed the urge to run was gone, and I shrugged and thought to myself “I’m too old to run.” But that thought for some reason stayed with me, and I started thinking, really, am I really too old to run out of joy?

I also realized that I say more often to my kids “don’t run, walk” than “run, kids, run!” Being protective is good, but I realized I have to say kids more “run” so they will never lose that free running spirit. And I started saying more “run.” When we were in Italy, kids were running after the pigeons at the Piazza San Marco, and had the time of their lives. When we got our new home and yard, I encourage kids to run back and worth the backyard.

Every day when we walk back from school my son wants to run to the house the last 300 yards of our street to be the first one at the house and to open the door for everyone. Sometimes girls join him and run too, but the first two weeks I walked behind.

Last week when my son asked “mommy, can I run home now,” I surprised him (and myself) by saying “I’ll race you” and started running.

We barely could run because we were laughing so much. And I felt younger than I had for while.

So yeah, I’m now the crazy new neighbor running in her trench coat, racing kids down the street.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (9)

  1. First, I love the run-run reference. I tease that the only running I do for exercise is when I’m running from a rodent or big bug. But your idea to run playfully like a child or with our children is wonderful. I agree, mine get the biggest kick out of those times I race them or try to chase them to tickle them. These are the times kids remember when they’re asked to think of special times with their parents. For sure.

  2. Naomi

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I was the little kid who didn’t like to run. Whether it was my own personality or my parents cautioning me not to run, I grew up HATING to run. I’m trying to get over it for my kids’ sake, trying to have more fun and BE more fun, in general. What a great attitude to have!

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      I hear you… like said I tend to be that mom who says “don’t run”.. and I’ve been really really trying to get away from that and just let kids run!

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      You can’t help but get on a good mood after running a little :)

  3. As we enter into summer break, this is exactly what I plan to do each and everyday with our kids. We’re going to simply enjoy the small things and each other. We’re going to run in the yard. Bounce on the trampoline. And sleep in a hammock… I have yet to find on sale:)

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      Small things ARE big things when you really think of it. When you can enjoy small things, you can truly enjoy life!

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