I have some great news that makes me extremely proud. My daughter, Alexandra, is going to run the St. Malachi 2 Miler with me in March! I planned on running the 5 mile race like I normally do, but Lex has been wanting to run a race since she participated in the Lorain County Breastfeeding Coalition’s Milk Run in the summer. I thought the 2 Miler would be perfect for her.
The last run she did was only 1 mile, but she rocked it out and ran the entire thing. I knew with a little bit of training 2 miles would be a piece of cake. We took advantage of the nice weather on Tuesday to start our training. She was at her dad’s house, so I planned to have us run around there.
First we started off with some stretching because that is important. We also talked about pacing, form, and conserving energy…you know, running stuff 🙂
We started off on the street. There are no sidewalks where her dad lives, but there is a track close by. We dodged the puddles and headed over there.
We made our way into the park where the track was located, and Lex was still going strong. I wasn’t quite sure how far we would make it before she needed a break, but she definitely surprised me. The first lap around the track was effortless, and she was ready for another. We kept going, and with a little water, she was fine. I asked if she wanted to go for 3, and the answer was, “YES!!!” That’s my girl!
We were almost done, and I told her to sprint the last bit. I kept cheering her on as she ran down the straight away. It was one of my proudest moments as a mom.
I was wearing the Garmin for our run, so I could track our distance. When it was all done, we went 1.4 miles in 16:11! She was actually faster than that because I kept hanging back to take pictures. I was so amazed that she was able to run that far, and she still had some energy left after to pose for a picture.
So there it is – 1.4 miles with my baby girl 🙂 She went much farther than I thought, and I know she will have no problems running 2 miles by March. What’s next after St. Malachi? I think I see a 5K in our near future.