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Real Bites: Fitness Fridays

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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During these crazy, busy summer months, I decided I wanted to take a little extra time on Fridays to spend the work day with our children.

Every Thursday, our team at the newspaper works diligently to “put the newspaper to bed,” as has been said from generations of journalists. Press time poses the threat of a deadline, viewed as a conclusive and terminal goal by many in the industry. And, then we start the process over again 52 times a year.

So, on Fridays, I decided that it would be a great opportunity for our children and myself to bond while I attempt to get some work done throughout the day.

Leading up to Friday, June 20, 2014, I asked Olivia and Landon if they would like to ride their bicycles from Fountain to Preston on the Root River State Trail. With elation, they agreed.

That Friday morning, we packed up all of the things we need for that day, loaded into a backpack that I would carry upon my shoulders, and we started the 12 mile trek downhill toward Preston.

And, we saw a lot of interesting things along the way. Around the intersection of the trail and Highway 17, we saw what appeared to be a 4-foot-long rattle snake skin shed and draped across the bike path. We saw deer prancing to and fro. Of course, we saw farms full of moos, barks and meows.

When we arrived in Preston, we head straight to the office and our children helped me gather the recycling from all of the workstations throughout the office so we could prepare for recycling pick-up on Monday. Work hard, play hard, right?

Then, they were off to basketball camp at the Fillmore Central Elementary School for a few hours while I got some work done.

It was one of those days in which you realize how dependent we are upon automobiles. When you don’t have the luxury of hopping in a car and driving to your destination, you begin to realize how much you can take it for granted.

After basketball camp, we trekked back down the hills of Preston to The Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe. I know our staff at the newspaper regularly hikes up St. Anthony Street to the establishment throughout the workweek, so it’s a fan favorite at the Journal.

Thus, I figured this would be a great place for our children to get a healthy and delicious meal before we head up to the Preston Swimming Pool for a couple hours.

And, we beat the rush hour lunchtime crowd. We grabbed a few sandwich meals, and decided to enjoy the fresh air while dining at the outdoor seating and tables at The Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe.

This restaurant is one of those great businesses that attracts a large local contingent along with tourists.

There’s not a day that goes by during the summer months in which you don’t see a number of bicycles parked out in front of the greatest little sandwich place in town. And, there’s a reason for that. They have healthy, fresh, delicious food that keeps people coming back for more.

After lunch we head up to the pool to finish out our “triathlon” of events -- biking, basketball and swimming.

I had a wonderful day with our children, and I hope I find a way to balance more days like that with a little work and play.

Our “Fitness Friday” definitely gave us something to talk about over the weekend. We talked about how we didn’t use any gas that day, which was good for the environment. And, we talked about how the fresh air and fit-filled activities were good for our muscles, our lungs and our hearts. And, lastly, we talked about how we did it together.

Even though I did have to work that day, our children told me how much they enjoyed their time with me. And, that made me want to do it again, for sure.

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