There is this stereotype of geeks that we are all pale faced, pasty white shut-ins who sit around inside doing things that require minimal physical effort. In truth many of us are outdoorsy. We like to read our comic books under the shade of a tree and play live action role playing games in the park with our friends.

Many super heroes and villians can be excellent role models for healthy exercise.

Quicksilver is one such character.

The son of Magneto, Quicksilver is one of the fastest characters in the Marvel universe.

The kids and I like to play a game we call “Quicksilver” which is essentially a foot race with our dog, Newton.
In this game Newton is a bullet heading for someone important, like Professor X or the president. We are all Quicksilver, trying to outrun the bullet.

It is rare that we win this game.
Newton is a Dachshund-Labrador mix and is therefore extremely fast.
Luckily he’s also intelligent and responds well to commands like “stop” and “come back.”

Q is for Quicksilver (1)

I would not recommend playing this game with a dog who doesn’t willingly return when called, unless you’re in a fenced in area, such as at a dog park.

How we play is we drop Newton’s leash and tell him to “go!” Then we chase him and try to catch him. If you catch him, you win the game! If we can’t catch him then we go until we’re too tired to run anymore, then we call him back. The latter is usually the case but it is still fun to try!

Usually when we plan to play the game, I leave my cell phone at home so as not to risk breaking it by dropping it or slipping and falling on it. For that reason I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of us playing the actual game. But the above pictures were taken by my husband while out on a typical walk.

Q is for Quicksilver (2)

This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.

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