Well, official 5K, anyway. Last year I signed Cinderella up for a one mile fun run. The only problem was that instead of turning around at the one mile point, she kept going and ended up running the entire 5K.
On April 1, I ran the Tortoise and Hare 5K with both of my daughters! My youngest has been asking me to sign her up for a 5K. I didn’t think she was ready for it and told her that she needed to do some running beforehand. This race had a reduced price for children, so I didn’t mind signing her up.
I was only able to get her to run with me one time before the race, and it wasn’t pretty. Two days before the race, she realized the race was around the corner and it was too late for training. She was starting to feel like she had a mountain to climb and was not at all prepared for it.
The morning started out as many days have this past winter and spring–cloudy and overcast. This was one of the more casual races we’ve run. We had bibs and prizes were given out for the best in each age group, but this race was not timed.
When the gun went off, I wasn’t quite ready and everyone took off like it was the Kentucky Derby. I knew I couldn’t sustain that pace, so I backed off a little. I was concerned about Cinderella not knowing where to go, so I decided I would stay with her no matter what. Before we got to the one mile mark, she was complaining.
During mile two, she said she was never running another 5K again. After that, we went into run/walk mode. We would run until she tired out, then we would walk until she caught her breath and we could run again.
We were nearing mile three when Cinderella told me to go on and that she would walk the rest of the way. By now, we had gotten to the point that the people that were participating in the two mile walk were close behind us. We were close to the finish line, but she didn’t know it because there was a curve in the road right before the finish line.
We couldn’t see the finish line, but I could see part of the building that we had started in front of. I said, “We’re almost there. Do you see that building? That’s where we started.”
We continued to walk, until we made it around the curve and could see the finish line. I told Cinderella that we were going to sprint across. I found a landmark and said, “When we get to that sign, we’re going to run as fast as we can.” A few seconds later, I grabbed her hand, and I drug her across the finish line. Finishing with her was a great feeling!