Do I have the words “media whore” tattooed on my forehead? I must. There is no other credible explanation for why the Austin American Statesman’s videographer plucked me out of the crowd at the Austin Marathon finish line. I had just finished my half marathon and was still in the process of making an inventory of my images when the guy snagged me and asked, “Why do you run?”
Being a good DadLabber, I gave him the company line about “doing it for the kids,” yadda, yadda, yadda.
But that is a big fat lie. I apologize to the Statesman, the videographer, and all those that watched this video. I perjured myself.
Maybe my kids are positively influenced by my exercise routine. Doubtful. Maybe they learn something about old guys keeping up their athletic ambitions, but it’s probably not the lesson I have in mind.
Doesn’t matter because my running is purely selfish. If I’d been honest, I would have said something like, “I need some time to myself, and I was kind of tired of being a fatass.” I’m not sure that would have made it into the video.
Of course, I hurt myself running the half marathon (denial is a dangerous thing), and I haven’t been able to run since. I have quickly reverted to older, less productive me time, the mostly involves playing BioShock and swilling Real Ale.
Exercise is obviously important, we all know that, especially for guys that are balancing work and family. Working out can be a hard thing to justify, especially in the family context, when owning something selfish is particularly difficult. I found it very easy to not exercise at all for a decade, in lieu of helping out with the kids.
Is finding time to exercise something that you find hard to justify to yourself or to your spouse?