This weekend hundreds of dads (moms and kids) ran/walked/hiked/biked in support of the National At-Home Dad Network during the Run Dad Run virtual 5k fundraiser. Eventually, I was one of those runners.
Like many parents, the weekends are so busy. This one was no different. My wife had plans with her best friend for brunch, I took the kids to Target for some errands. While at Target we were told about a coloring event happening in the store’s cafeteria. They had a really great setup, coloring pages, crayons, markers, snacks and a sample of Quizels for all the kids. Both of the kids were very excited.
We picked my wife up and headed towards the little guy’s little league game. It was a new team that we had just joined. There was a cherry blossom festival in a botanical garden nearby the field we were heading to. It clogged the streets with traffic and didn’t make it easy to find parking. We were also slowed down by a protest parade. Good times. We eventually made it to the field, the game had begun. The coach told us to grab a uniform, he suited up and got into the game. I think if he continues with baseball he will need to be a pitcher or catcher. He is so focused at the plate but is easily distracted in the field. But then again he is five.
Once the game was over, we ran back to the car and changed the kids as they had a birthday party that was about to start to get to. So we head back towards home and arrive at the party. There are lots of friends from school. Pizza, cake, painting, balloons etc. Soon it is almost 8pm. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do my 5k in the gym. I help get everyone settled at home, I pick up some dinner for me and my wife. And head out. It was getting cold, so I threw a windbreaker over my Smarty Pants Vitamins running shirt, put on a podcast on my phone, started a run tracking app, took a swing of water, popped a few Men’s Complete gummies and headed out.
It was after 9pm and the streets were relatively quiet as I slowly jogged along Myrtle Ave in Ridgewood and Glendale NY. I was keeping a pretty good pace. I made it all the way to my kids’ school at the halfway mark. I jogged most of the way, I walked a little but was able to not stop the entire way. Nearly 47 minutes later I was back at my car. I had completed the run. There wasn’t the fanfare of an official timer like there was the first time I did a 5k. On the other hand, I finished almost 13 minutes faster.
The run supported the National At-Home Dad Network and raises awareness for Men’s mental health. All funds raised go towards the operating costs of the NAHDN, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children.
I am really glad I was able to contribute to such a worthy cause, and that I was able to accomplish my goals of running this “race”. Thanks of course goes to Smarty Pants Vitamins whose products helped me getting all the vitamins and nutrients that I needed to fuel this machine I call me.