Last Thursday our family did as many did, we woke up extra early, ran a local 5k, watched the parade, stuffed our faces with delicious food and chatted about the Gilmore Girls over a slice of pie.
It was a beautiful day, one I will always remember.
My husband and I ran our 5th Turkey Trot together, and our first as a Family of FIVE! Weren’t we a sight to see. I with my #teamsparkle tutu and matching visor pushing a regular (non-running) stroller with our 2-month-old daughter tucked in, sleeping peacefully. Him in his running gear pushing a bulky double jogger, filled with two girls who would simply rather be anywhere but IN the stroller.
We start the race with a light jog to keep with the flow of runners, and just as we got a stride, it rains!
In a state of panic, I run to the side and throw my body across the stroller and shout to my husband to pass me the nursing cover so I could cover our precious baby and protect her from the cold rain.
Of course, the rain stopped as soon as we got back to running.
Did I mention the two toddlers begging to walk? Well, the stroller protest was just starting to get wild as we turned into a major road.
Back in the park, we pull to the side once again to let the girls walk with us.
“You’ve got a long way to go” I hear someone shout to their friends who were walking nearby.
My sweet baby girl (19 months old) did a run/walk for about 3/4 of a mile. I was so proud of her, she was so proud of her.
As she ran, anyone who was actually behind us cruised right on by, leaving us and a few other families behind.
I offered to cut a corner in the race, horrified my husband said “no way!” So, on we went.
We convinced her to take a ride in the stroller for the rest of the course. Weren’t we something… Jogging through the parking lot section of the course, dodging cars filled with families ready to leave and enjoy some Turkey.
We thanked the volunteers and enjoyed ourselves as we entered the final section of the course.
Then let the girls out once again to run across the finish line.
It took us 1 hour to complete the 5k and you know what, I wish it was longer!
Why? Because for the hour, our family of 5 was completely engaged in the same activity and my husband and I were showing our girls that being healthy and active can be fun!
It’s easy to get wrapped up in PR’s and goals to improve our running, I’m totally guilty of it. Let’s take it easy on ourselves during the next festive race, and celebrate the finish line NOT the finish time.
Until next time…