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As much as moving/sweaty shuffling/running started out being all about me, I can clearly see it’s not any more.

Don’t get me wrong; it still is a fair bit about me. There’s the feeling I get when I’ve just punched that elusive PB square in the face. The euphoric wave that washes over me as I stand on top of the hill I once couldn’t run, watching the sunrise over the city skyline.

But like a gentle wave of osmosis I can see my little person becoming an OpMover. She has always been a mover; riding her bike, 10km rambles, school cross-country, hockey, but there’s been a shift.

When we went hiking all she wanted was to tell her friends she had walked a marathon. She knows the stats, she knows the distances.

She loved the Colour Run but told me she wants to do a proper fun run with me.

Before her cross-country she went to school with her desired splits scribbled on her hand.

I couldn’t be more proud.

All those times I laced up my trainers, all those times I snuck out before dawn to come back and wake her while sweating from every pore, all those times I stretched and lifted, all those times she stood on the sidelines cheering me, us, the OpMove team on.

All those times she was taking all of it in.

Whether it is getting your kids to a Colour Run, on their bike or scooter for Ride To School Day or out for a Sunday OpWalk, what we do, what we have come to love doing, is doing more than we realize.

Our moving has become their moving.


opMove girls

Emily likes to dabble in the occasional sweaty shuffle and this year is aiming for 4 half marathons wearing her OpMove top with pride each time. She also talks a bit of bollocks over at Mrs Sabbatical.


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Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Zoey Dowling

    I love this! It's all so true. My 16 year old son went out and ran 4.5k yesterday and can't wait for the Run 4 the kids in a few weeks. My 5 year old son has learned to ride his scooter and scoots to and from school every day! I love that my change has rubbed off on them

    • Zoey Dowling

      Isn't it brilliant Jo, and how fast is you son?! There will be no stopping him now : )

      • Zoey Dowling

        So fast! I can't wait to put Strava on his phone and send him out again! haha

  2. One big regret why didn't I do this with my kids when they were younger? Too late now as they are nearer 20 than 15 and being girls will not listen to me about exercise, hopefully I get another chance with them as they get over the I don't want to run like my mad dad phase. I am very jealous of friends that run with their kids, one of my mates' little girl just ht out a 49min 10K last week, how happy must he be as his pride and joy smashes PB's! Same with park runs - you can see the active families with all the kids, parents and dogs all slogging it out for 5K's - such a joy to see (again I miss my family heaps then) Nurture them with running.

    • Zoey Dowling

      sometimes Flash the motivation happens without realising and when you least expect it..... but I think you will probably always be seen as the 'mad dad' ; )

  3. Oh that is just the coolest!!! I can see my boys taking an interest they are yet to join me i cant wait until they do.

    • Zoey Dowling

      thanks Haley - its pretty cool isn't it - it will be great when you boys join you and mirror what a fantastic role model you are to them : )