I managed to survive Fitbloggin 2014 without shedding too many tears, that is until I met 1972 Olympian Jeff Galloway. Now keep in mind, as someone that doesn't really run, I had no idea who Jeff was until about 5 minutes before he walked in the room. But after a quick Wikipedia search, I realized he was just the man I needed to talk to.
He came to Fitbloggin as a part of the Run Disney sponsorship of the conference. Before our 1 mi walk/5k/10k, he talked about how we, as bloggers, are able to change lives and inspire greatness in others. He talked about how exercise adds life and vitality to our years. He talked about how fitness is a family value.
I walked the first half of the 5k ((**waves to walking group!**)) and then somewhere around the midpoint, after being in my head for a while, something in my mind decided that despite the pain I was in (urgh my back!), that I couldn't miss the opportunity to speak with Jeff Galloway (who ran the 10k, I think). I began to jog for the first time since February.
First of all -- he's the NICEST person, EVER. He took the time to chat with everyone who wanted his time. Not only that, he was interested in what they were doing in their lives, in their families, in their communities. Yet, despite being the nicest person, he's the only person to make me flat-out cry at Fitbloggin 2014.
How? I told him how what he said about being able to change lives really struck me, but that it's all for nothing if we can't help to inspire and change the lives of the people we love the most. Then he asked me who I loved the most. And I started bawling. Through the tears I asked if he would speak to the person that I love the most -- the person that I want to live a long and healthy life, the person that I worry the most about: my dad.
Dad: I'm not trying to embarrass you, or call you out. I just want you to try. I just want you to live a long and healthy life. I want you to want that as well. And I hope you know that you have my full support. And if I know my readers the way I think I do, I think you'll find they will support you too. Dad, give me a reason to show you that I'm your biggest fan and cheerleader.