This post is part of a sponsored campaign for the Miracle Marathon; a virtual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. I encourage you to participate in this most worthy cause by joining my team or donating to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital closest to you. See below for details.
Surprisingly, one of my biggest challenges as a parent is making sure my kids get enough physical activity.
I say ‘surprisingly’ only because I don’t recall my mom ever telling my sisters and I to go outside and play (she may recall otherwise ).
We had no computers or handheld devices and the daytime television options for kids were almost non-existent (Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch and The Monkees were our favourites; yours too?). Playing outdoors was just what we did. Regardless of the weather.
Remaining inside during recess and lunch break were rare occurrences and we thrilled at the opportunity to run, jump, spin, twirl and kick-the-can once freed from the classroom.
Although my husband and I do our best to model an active lifestyle and include our children in many outdoor pursuits, many days they struggle to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity.
This is of particular concern for our 12-year old daughter.
As a consequence of being born with a hole in her heart, she has chronic pulmonary arterial hypertension. She struggles with cardiovascular-based sports and avoids activities that involve running. They exhaust her and leave her breathless well beyond the time it takes for you and I to recover.
The thing is, in order for her heart to stay strong and continue to service her lungs, she needs to move more.
I’d been wracking my brains for months trying to come up with a fitness plan for her. Something that wouldn’t seem like work (a personal trainer’s kids can smell a ‘workout’ a mile away ). Something with a focus on fun, rather than fitness. Something we could do together, just ‘us girls’.
As luck would have it, I was chosen to be one of 21 lead bloggers for this fall’s Miracle Marathon, a virtual marathon that requires no running (hooray) and is completed in daily one mile increments over 27 consecutive days. Not only is this the perfect activity for my daughter and I, it’s also a fundraiser for the very hospital in which her heart surgeries were performed and where she continues to visit twice yearly for checkups and prescription updates.
From September 16th through October 12th we’ll be walking one mile a day, then completing the final 1.2 miles of the marathon (that’s 26.2 miles plus one for the kids) on October 13th at 2:27 EST together with each and every one of this year’s Miracle Marathon participants.
I’d love for you to join us in supporting BC Children’s Hospital or another Children’s Miracle Network hospital of your choice (search their website to find the hospital closest to you). You can do so by:
- registering to walk, jog or run the 27.2 miles yourself (make it a family affair). Join my team, Fitknitchick, and use the code ‘MiracleTamara’ when you register to save 10% off the registration fee
- donating to my campaign (every little bit helps me to say ‘thank you’ to BC Children’s Hospital for the outstanding care and attention my family has received there for the past 12 years)