(me and my running buddies)
When I signed up the girls they were in the top of their age brackets, but when it came time to run they both wanted to run "up" so that they could run with their friends.
Eden's birthday is in three weeks so she really wasn't that much younger but it made her feel good to know that she was probably the youngest in her group. So here she is at the starting line...
Then it was Maya's turn. She took off pretty fast and I knew she was going to burn out so I decided to run the second half with her.
I walked with her a little ways and gave her a pep talk..."You can't stop. You have to finish what you started. It doesn't matter if you are last, you just have to finish the race. We will walk until that flag and then we are running again." So we got to the flag and started running. That's when we realized there were still a lot of kids behind her. We ran awhile and then stopped for a breath or two and then got going again. When we were about 100yrds from the finish line, one of the race workers yelled "keep going, your going to place!" Maya heard that and took off! I let her go and rushed back to the sidelines. I got all choked up when they handed her a red ribbon...my girl won 2nd place! (for the girls)
Here she is with her buddies. It was so fun that they all placed.
(before the race)
(after the race)
~ Always finish what you start.
~ Even when you think you can't go anymore, you really can.
~ Listen to the people who love you, they can help you.
~ You will always have your family to cheer you on.
~ You can do hard things!
It was a great family experience. I had a great "mom" moment and unfortunately those are few and far between so I will take them when I get them.