July 12, 2017
A New 4th of July Tradition
I got my Brooks on…
Every run every race is different, its own. Sometimes I feel great and I have great runs…and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t run as well. I have been lucky so far with most of my races that I have been able to meet new people and chat for awhile. Not only do I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, but when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles if helps to pass the time. J
Well last week I ran the Stars the Stripes 4th of July 5k with my 5 year old son.
(Here we are before the race, before the rain 🙂 )
I was truly blessed to watch him run, meet new people and enjoy his race and all the training and he did in preparation. Now I say training because he did train. When he came to me and asked to run a 5k with me I told him if he wanted to run he would have to train, so he would be prepared. I see people signing up for races all the time. And while I think it’s a great thing to be active, for me, the race is much more about the training and preparation. Setting a goal and then working towards that goal.
Kobe’s goal was to run a 5K with his mom. While he has run several races with me and the rest of our family, this was his race. He trained for about 10 weeks. His training focused much more on keeping a steady pace than finishing. I knew Kobe was fast, he has always been fast. Kobe is a sprinter, he is fast and he likes to run fast. J I knew we would have fun and he would finish without any problems. After all, I have been running with this kid since he was 18 months old.
What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact the race would have on me. I can’t even begin to explain the pure joy it brought me to be part of Kobe’s 4th of July 5k experience, his first (solo-ish) 5k. From watching him pass the starting line with excitement, meeting people along the route, having people cheer him on and sprinting to the finish line, all with a smile of his face ; pure joy! I was so proud of him and hos accomplishment. And so was Kobe! Right before he crossed the finished line he looked back at me, smiled, and then ran right in front of me. He had to make sure he beat mom! And he did. Kobe finished in 34:20!
(Sprinting to the finish line)
Even though it was raining most of the race, we both had a great time. So much so, I think we started a new 4th of July tradition. Mother and son 4th of July 5k! J The other kids got in on the fun too. All three of my kiddos ran in the post 5k kids race and did a great job. But the time the kids race started it was pouring!
(Kailee, my 8 year old, finishing)
(Here I am with Kash as he is crossing the finish line at the kids race)
Whatever activity you enjoy I encourage you to involve your kids. It is a great way to spend time together. And I love being able to share something I love doing with my kids.