First Run

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Hey guys! Happy Wednesday!

I don’t know about you but I am still riding the Marathon Monday high. Wasn’t it just the most inspiring fantastic day? I can not get enough of the stories and all the smiles. I’m so proud to say that I am a runner!

In a few weeks, there is a local Mother’s Day 5K Race. It’s part of the road race series that I’m doing this year. I was planning on doing it solo until I read about Sarah running a 5K with her daughter. I’ve been wanting to sign my kids up for a fun run and thought maybe this might be a good option. I would run with the stroller and they could hop in and out as they please. A couple of my Mother Runner friends were thinking the same thing. When I asked my kids if they wanted to run a race with me, it was an overwhelming YES! Of course, my daughter said she needed to get new running shoes. Ahhhh….a proud running mama moment.

So yesterday I took my kids out for their first real run. When I say run, what I really mean is we set out with the pure intention of going for a run together. They are kids so they run all the time. Fast is the only speed they know. It was so cute to see their excitement as we got ready.

We started off from our house. The two of them in the lead, setting the pace, as I brought up the rear with the stroller. We made it maybe 2 minutes away from the house before Miss A proclaimed she was tired and jumped in the stroller. Mr. L was trucking along having a good ol’ time.

Miss A soon decided she liked doing intervals – 30 second stroller ride, 30 second run. During one of the runs, she fell and scrapped up both knees. Big tears followed and running was on hold. Back to the stroller she went.

Mr. L was still going strong. He was very proud of himself as he proclaimed “I’m a good runner!” Soon after, he too met the pavement. Harder than Miss A with little more blood. He was done.

Despite being banged up, they both wanted to continue on with our run. I should let you know that this all happened before we even got to 1 mile. I would ask periodically if anyone wanted to get out to walk or run. Miss A did a few more times which surprised me.

We made it home, I patched four knees up with band aids and then celebrated our first run. I was afraid they would say they didn’t want to do the race after the falls. But so far, they still seem excited about the race. I’m excited too but if they don’t want to do it, that’s ok.

We’ll always have our first run.

38 comments on “First Run

  1. And you’ll always have that photo with their bandaid knees to remember it by – so sweet!
    I’m glad they haven’t been put off running by their injuries! I might have put my son off running as he thought I ran really fast the whole way, whereas it is really only at the end where he sees me that I run fast! When he found out I actually run fairly slowly, he’s keen to give it a go, so he got new trail shoes yesterday!
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  2. So great. One small step…

    We have a local one-mile fun run on Tues. nights that was the perfect place to get both kids started back in the day. My daughter is still a runner and I think it may stick with her. My son? Organized sports but not running and that’s ok.
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  3. That is awesome! I have yet to do a fun run with the boys but I’m thinking that this summer is the one!! Since I live on such a huge hill, whenever we’ve attempted to “run” up it, they get tired in about 10 seconds. I think I’ll take them to the track soon :-)
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  4. So adorable!! I love that you got them out so early:) My little guy just turned 3 months today so he’s not quite ready haha:) In my near future though I see myself running with him in the stroller and my border collie running beside me! I tried it for a few hundred feet the other day and it was a success, I just don’t want to go running with the little guy just yet.
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  5. I love this :) My boys love running and have done one kids race. They are 7 & 9 and beginning to learn about pacing. Mostly, they still run hard and then rest. A fun run is a great idea!!
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  6. Ah running with the kiddos-fun! I tried to do a 5k with my 13 yo son last summer and as many times as I told him not to bolt out of the start he did. 5 min later he is dying on the side. But teenage boys be as they are he was able to sprint ahead of me at the finish. Hard to teach them pacing. I’m currently coaching GOTR w my teenage daughter as my junior coach-so much fun.
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  7. So last 4th of July my daughter did her first 1 mile race… it was awesome! About a month ago she asked when we could start “training” for races again! Now when I come back on the weekends from a long run she often laces up and runs around the block with me… I love it!!
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  8. Love it!! So cool that they went with you and plan to do the race. I was wondering if the bandaids were just for fun (my boys went through boxes and boxes just because!!!) – bummer that they both skinned their knees.
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  9. how cute and fun! Their enthusiasm is adorable too. I can’t wait until my little on is old enough to do fun runs :)

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