Monday, October 28, 2013

Her First 5k: The Great Pumpkin Race

When I started this crazy race-all-50-states thing, I wanted to find a way to get my girls involved in the races as well.  For Bridget, that meant using the jogging stroller for many races, but this year was different.  This year, she raced a full 5k ON HER OWN!

The first year we decided that Halloween races would be our thing was 2010.  We raced our first 10k together in costumes.  Her favorite book at the time was Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy.  So she picked the costumes with her starring as Ladybug Girl and I was Bumbleebee Boy (errr Girl).  We raced in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Day of the Dead 10k.  Thanks to United, our stroller didn't arrive in time for the race (it actually was delivered 2 hours after the race - thanks, but no thanks).  Fortunately, Greg secured us a rental (he made the arrangements from Ohio - what a great man). We totally rocked the course and ended the day with a visit to the Children's Discovery Museum.

In 2011, we added Megan to the mix and raced in Savannah, Georgia around beautiful plantation homes.  B and I went as witches complete with tons of tulle and witch hats.  Meg dressed up as a cheetah and even won her age group!

Last year, we ran in Seattle and braved the drizzle that Seattle is well known for.  This was B's first race solo and she ran the Kid's half-mile fun run.  We dressed as draculas, but she made her dad carry her cape while she ran!

This year, we ran side by side in her first full 5k.  She dressed as a cheetah and I went as Robin (Batman's sidekick).  We held hands crossing the finish line.  The best part was hearing her tell me as soon as she saw the Mile 3 sign that she didn't think she was going to be able to finish the race when she started.  But now she knew she could do it and was beyond excited.  When she finished, she told her dad that her legs didn't even hurt!

She's still moving at Mile 2!

Top left 2013, top right 2012 in Seattle.
Bottom left 2011 in Savannah, bottom right 2010 in Albuquerque

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