Last weekend was another fun run for our little racers. This one was indoors on the track of our local Big Ten college. So fancy! Kids were divided up by age, each runner got a medal at the end, and because we preregistered it was suuuuuper cheap ($10/kid!). Win, win, win.
Parents were encouraged to run with their preschoolers, so Eli and Annabel were pretty excited. Annabel made it 1/4 mile (being carried by Mama for part of that), Eli ran the full 1/2 mile. He wanted to run with Annabel and Mama, but they couldn’t keep up! He’d run as fast as he could, then stop and turn around, waiting for them to catch up. Finally Mama said, “Just go!” And he did. He also saw one of his best friends from preschool at the race, which was pretty cool.
Piper was NOT EXCITED about this event. As soon as she heard Eli and Annabel got to run with a grownup and she’d be running ALONE, she was done. We registered her anyway, just in case. Leading up to race day, we tried to talk it up. “It’s going to be so much fun! You get to run as fast as you can! It’s only two times around the big circle! You get prizes!!” (We even had to trick her into pinning her number on. “That’s how the grownups know which kids are allowed to be here.”)
Come race day, we realized this indoor track was, um, tiny. Half a mile is FOUR laps, not two. Oops. “Oh! You get to run around four times! Yay!” Seconds before the first graders started running? “Oh! Look! You get to run around eight times, not four. It’s going to be so fun!” Kids in first grade and up were running a MILE.
Well, she did it. She tried something she didn’t want to do and made it all eight laps around the track. Most of the kids took little walking breaks on the far side of the track (away from the spectators), then ran ran ran as they went past the crowd and their parents. As they were running, kids stood a little taller and ran a little faster when they heard their names being yelled. “Go, Piper, go! You’re doing so great!” Piper tends to like activities that she knows she can do and usually rejects everything else. It was so cool to see her really TRY and surprise herself. We were so, so proud of her. She did an AWESOME job!
After race snacks. Each kid got a bottle of water at the finish line (as well as a medal and a pair of socks), we brought some pretzels. Annabel put pretzels in her water.
And this was our best “YOU HAVE TO SIT TOGETHER FOR ONE PICTURE” photo with the medals on. (Piper’s also wearing her medal from the race last October.)
The group that organized this event has another big kids run (outside!) in the spring.
We’ll probably be there . . .