April 17, 2014

My first running buddy

You may think that Mom was my first family running buddy and that would be a reasonable assumption.  But it would be wrong.  When I was in high school and swimming year-round, I often ran at the beginning of a season or during the off season to stay in shape.  And the person who usually ran with me was my Dad.  Being a former Army guy, he often had some good chants or stories that he would share while we were out on our runs.  We usually didn't run far, probably 2-3 miles or so.  But it was good bonding time during my teenage years when I was a pain in the you-know-what.

And why am I telling you this story you ask?  Because today is my Dad's Birthday and I'm headed down to Wilmington to help him celebrate.  I'm looking forward to taking him on a lunch date and maybe a mystery ride for good measure.  When I was little, he would take me on "mystery rides" where we went on fun adventures like going to see a movie (probably Disney) or to get ice cream or something along those lines.  I loved riding in the 'Blue Bomber' aka his Honda Prelude on our adventures.  He usually had Tom Petty or Genesis or another killer 80s band playing.
Celebrating my Birthday a few years ago
As I get older, I tend to get a bit sappier about Birthdays and I'm also realizing that Dad isn't one for much of a fuss, which is all the more reason that I'm ready to amp up the celebration.  It will be nice to get to spend some time together and enjoy some springtime fun!

{Christine}

14 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Dad Keenan! What a sweet post- I'm a daddy's girl at heart so I hear what you're saying. Enjoy the mystery ride! :-)

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  2. Happy Birthday to your dad!!! My dad was my first running buddy, too! He and I used to run 2-3 miles at a time when I was in high school and college. We actually still do when I visit them in Dallas! Great father/daughter bonding time :0)

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  3. I love this post, Christine! Such a sweet way to honor your dad's special day! Happy birthday to him, and enjoy your special father-daughter time with him!

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  4. Happy birthday to your dad! I hope y'all have a wonderful day together :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to your Dad! Dad's are great running buddies, mine used to help me train for lacrosse in high school :)

    I also wanted to let you ladies know I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check out all the details here http://halfwaytothecastle.blogspot.com/2014/04/liebster-award.html

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  6. Happy Birthday to your Dad! Our Dad has recently started running and has done several 5ks. This year he is coming with us to Vegas to do the Half Marathon Relay. Have a great weekend in Wilmington visiting family!

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  7. This is such a great picture of you with your Dad! I hope he has a great birthday and you have a great time celebrating with him!

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  8. Happy birthday to your dad! I hope you guys have a fun time! :)

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  9. Great picture of you two! Happy Birthday to your dad!!

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  10. Have a great day with your dad.

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  11. Happy birthday to your dad! My dad was my first running buddy too...he would run several times a week and would often take me along for some or all of the run. I remember back then thinking I might just die at a mile!

    Have a great celebration!

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  12. You are fortunate to have these special times and memories! Thank you for sharing!

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