I have never been one to push my daughters to participate in running. We’ve done one 5K together, but that was for the school and we ran and walked it. As far as asking them to go outside and run, or join the running club at school, I didn’t push.
My thought is this: Running is something you should do because you love it. I love it. I love the way it makes me feel. I love the way it calms my mind. I love the way it brings me some semblance of peace in the most stressful of times.
I also don’t believe it is for everyone. I wanted my girls to find something they loved, some form of exercise that made them feel great, and do that. To me, this is what will create a lifetime of love for fitness – not pushing them to compete in something they may not even like.
However, my oldest, now thirteen, took to running last year. She developed a love for it. She tells me sometimes that she’s stressed out about things and needs to run, and she gears up and heads outside for a few miles. She returns calmer and happier.
Running has gripped her tightly. She has embraced it in return.
I love this, of course, being a lover of running, and I love it more becuase she found it and made it hers. It is not me pushing for her to be like me, or do what I like. It’s her saying this makes me feel good, it helps me, I like it, and I’m going to do it.
So when she said she wanted to run a 5K this past weekend with members from her soccer team, I was, of course, excited. I told her I’d love to go with her but that she could run her own race with her friends and I’d meet her at the finish line. However, she stated she wanted to run with me.
I felt blessed!
We began together. I could tell by the first half mile she was roaring to go forward.
I asked her to hold back because I didn’t want her to cramp up or go out too fast and then have to walk the entire race, but at the mile one checkpoint, when she looked my way and said ‘Can we go faster now?’ I told her to go do her thing. And she did!
I was close behind her throughout the run, but she finished her race 9th out of all females while I finished 13th. She was the second in her age group and she finished 19th overall out of all runners!
To say I’m gloating and proud is not expressing strongly enough how I feel.
She has the bug.
Which brings me to our next 5K: the Hot Chocolate 5K race in Tampa on December 17th.
Originally I’d planned to do this as a 15K. However, after racing with my daughter and loving every single second of sharing that experience with her, I asked if she wanted to do another race. She said yes, I mentioned the Hot Chocolate run, and that was that! So rather than do the 15K, as originally planned, we will both be doing the 5K.
Our goal? To do this race faster than the last!
I will go into this trying to get into the 28-29 minute range. My daughter was at 29 last time and I’d like to keep up with her this time. I’d be happy with a 28-29. I’ve never been speedy fast, and this will happen between my marathon and my potential 50K, so I don’t want to hurt myself during training by trying to bring it down even more.
However, I do want to see if we can beat our time from this last race! Plus, we are going to enjoy every single second of the race AND all the goodies that come with this one!
I’ll keep ya posted on our training sessions! She’s ready. I’m ready. Let’s do this!
And if you want to join us on December 17th, use my code BRHCTAMPA17 to receive a BONUS cap!