Run Your Heart for Boston Online Registration.
Because of the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, I am joining forces with several local running clubs/timers/event coordinators and my beloved running community to support a family from Charlotte that was severely injured at the finish line. To read more about the story you can click here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/16/3985154/some-from-charlotte-are-among.html
“If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target.” -Mighty Brighties
So I have been running for awhile now. About 4 years ago, I decided I needed to work on getting back into shape. My sweet little baby was now a sweet little 2 year old and stayed with her grandparents while I worked. I made a conscious decision to make more time for myself and to spend that time getting healthy. I started running because it was something I could walk right out my front door and do with simple gear (shoes) , no gym membership required, and as much or as little time as I needed. I fell in love with running and over the course of 2 years, I ran my first 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon. I learned many things about myself and about running in that time. Even through some ups and some bad downs, I have continued to run and take a little time for myself.
Two more years and now I have a 6 year old. She always tells me, “I’m going to be a runner like you and I’m going to beat you one day!” 🙂 SO, when the opportunity arose, I decided to sign her up for her first 5K. This race was sponsored by our local hospital and the entire race fee would go to any local charity of the participants choosing. How awesome is that??? I signed Baby Girl and myself up and she was *pumped*!
Race day was yesterday and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t overbearing and trying to squeeze all of my running knowledge into one 5K. She did great and I am so proud.
One of the things that I learned about myself over the course of 4 years of running is that I am pretty darn competitive. I haven’t always been that way, but something about running brought that out in me. I really had to work at holding back yesterday and letting her do this her own way. In the end, I learned more than she did… But Isn’t that always how it is with kids? Unspoiled by competitiveness and self-deprecation and able to go out and actually enjoy the run.
5 Things I learned about running by hanging with my 6 year old for her first 5k:
1. Pace-smace. Starting out at a full on sprint is FUN! For a hot second you get to be in first place!
2. Waffling between winning the race and quitting the race for the entire run is completely normal.
3. If you see a stray cat that seems really friendly and follows you, stop and pet it – rabies are for weaklings.
4. You CAN play a game on your iPod and run at the same time.
5. The only reason to run *through* the finish is to get to the chocolate milk before your friend.:)
Why do I feel like it should still be December 27th? Is time really speeding up? I know I’m not the only one who feels this way as I had a 5th grader tell me yesterday that he couldn’t believe how fast 2011 went by and that it was already 2012. It’s always good to have your life observations confirmed by a 5th grader, ha! Another thing I realized is that I have totally slacked on the blog posts! I should have gotten caught up on this over the break but chose to lay on the couch, reading books and eating cheese and grapes like I am Socrates or something. Whatever, I enjoyed it. BUT, we are back to work and my days as a lazy philosopher are over. It’s time to suck it up and get on top of some posts. I have lots of pictures and ideas to share so I will *hopefully* be publishing lots of posts in the next few days.
To start off the Posting Extravaganza of 2012, I will share some artwork that my 5th and 2nd graders did. 2nd grade discussed how to show people in motion and since it is January and you have all of that resolution stuff going on (and I’m a runner) I decided to show them some Jacob Lawrence Olympic artwork as well as some other “runner art.” I put up a couple different photos of runners from different angles and had them pick one to draw. Here are a couple of cute ones.
The 5th graders did some “Fast, Fancy Feet” and had the joy of taking off their socks and shoes to trace their feet. I asked them to use color to show energy and life and movement in a still object. I really liked some of their results!