It was like starting all over again…building up speed and mileage but I didn’t care…I was just happy to be able to move again!
Now I’m back to running with my siblings and while I’m still not fast. I am running again!
This photograph was taken at a race this spring with my brothers, sister, dad, and cousin:
We actually are an unlikely group of “runners”.
(Joggers is probably more accurate.)
But we have fun. A LOT of fun…whether it’s relay’s, 5K’s, or marathons it’s ALWAYS a good time.
No, we don’t ever come in first…or close to it…but, like I said, we ALWAYS have a good time.
And it’s contagious.
Recently Simon decided that he wanted in on the fun. So my husband and I started taking him out for a mile or two at a time just to see how it would go…and we told him that if he wanted he could train for a race.
That’s when he announced that he was going to run a marathon with me.
Well, that’s a pretty tall order for a 9 year old so we discussed perhaps beginning with a 5K.
He agreed and things are set for him to run a race with all of us this fall.
We then found a track team that is built to allow for kids of all ages to join the team so we signed Simon up and he attends weekly. (Although he wishes it were more often.) The team works their kids hard but Simon loves it and a few weeks ago he ran in his first official race.
It was exactly 1 mile long.
And he LOVED every second of it.
He didn’t win BUT he ran the entire way, never stopping to rest or walk. Plus at the end he had enough energy to sprint the last distance and even pass a few of the runners that were ahead of him.
He was triumphant!
Simon has another, longer race coming up soon that we are all excited about. His training is challenging but he is seeing results and before long he’ll be running that 5K also without stopping.
From there, who knows? But if he wants to keep going and run a marathon…I’ll support that…because I know that if he puts his mind to it, he can accomplish anything…even if that thing is running a marathon before he turns 12.
A while back my parents and I took the kids to see Monster’s University in the movie theater…and we loved it. Especially Grace, who took her Celia (Mike’s monster girlfriend) doll with her to watch the movie. So when we were given the chance to see the Monster’s University again at home we jumped at the chance.
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