This past weekend I got to participate in one of my favorite races. The Richmond Beat The Heat 5k benefits the Richmond Firefighters Foundation by providing scholarships to the families of Richmond Firefighters. Besides the obvious benefits it is a race with mostly firefighters which is always fun.
This year was even more fun because it was the first time I was able to run a race with my two sons
I got to run with my oldest while my wife ran with my youngest.
Since this was their first race we had little expectations as far as time, the goal was simply finish, have fun, and share our love of fitness with them.
WE WERE BLOWN AWAY!!!!!! My oldest and I finished in about 31 mins. which is only about 6 mins off of my fastest time! My wife and youngest where not far behind and finished in 38 mins!
For an 8 and 5-year-old this was phenomenal and I could not have been more proud! This just goes to show that your fitness journey does not have to be a solo one, and getting your family involved can be rewarding on so many levels! I was even prouder when they asked can we do this again!
My hats off once again to the City Of Richmond Fire Department for hosting a great event! They have improved this race every year and it keeps getting better! If you are in the Richmond area or close next year you should do this race. For veteran runners it is perfect for a PR attempt as it is flat and fast. It is also the perfect race for beginners, walkers, stroller pushers, etc. Most importantly it benefits the families of firefighters.
If you can’t get here next year, try to sign up for a race in your home town, or better yet create one! Racing is one of the best ways to keep on your fitness plan as it gives you a concrete goal to accomplish. You do not need to be the fastest just race against yourself!
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!