A Run with My Son

A Run with My Son

One of the greatest gifts parents can share with their children is the gift of a healthy, active lifestyle.

My son Ben started running when he was 6. I remember his first race, a 1K called the WPS Kids Run. He sprinted the first half and cried the second half, I don’t think endurance was something he was worried about at that time. When he was in college, running became a way for him to stay active and relax. He started running some half marathons and then decided to run the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon with me this year.

He immediately wanted advice from me on how to prepare for a full marathon. I broke it down for him into four tips that were part of my 2018 New Year’s Resolution.

  • Maintain a good diet – I try to get very few calories from liquid form so I can leave room for a substantial omnivorous diet. I eat a large breakfast, modest lunch and try not to eat after 6 p.m.
  • Stay hydrated – I stick to water, orange juice and coffee (except for a few weekend beers). I drink alcohol in moderation. I like to say, “everything in moderation, including moderation.”
  • Get regular sleep – I emphasize routines, I love my routines. Go to bed at the same time (even if it’s still light out) and don’t eat close to bedtime because digestion can disrupt your sleep.
  • Exercise often – Running is the way that I choose to exercise, but exercise can be so many things; walking, wood cutting, hiking, gardening, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. Try new things, living in Wisconsin is ideal for switching up your exercise with the changing seasons.

Ben took my advice and changed some of his habits to focus more on these four tips. My wife has noticed the change, “it’s the Liebmann in him,” she says.

On Sunday morning, Ben and I crossed the starting line of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon together. He went ahead at a faster pace, but we both crossed the finish line. We talked about doing it again next year. I asked Ben what he enjoyed the most about the run and he said, “the cold beer and bratwursts, Dad.” I was hoping he would’ve said “being with you Dad,” but I’ll take it.


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  1. Peggy Murphy says:

    My husband and oldest daughter who is in college share the love of running as well. They are preparing for a half marathon so I will share your advice. My husband did one full marathon and stated never again but is willing to do half marathons. I cannot run so I support them in their endeavors and volunteer in the cheering section for the Fox Cities marathon since I appreciate the will and commitment it takes.

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