Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rudolph Run? Check!

I mentioned last week that my 7-year-old daughter was organizing a 1K/3K fun run. We held the run this past weekend, and we had a great time!

From the poster made by her brother

The weather was...wet...but we still had a great turnout. 25 people had signed up, a few backed out because of the rain, but then a few extra came! In the end, we had 27 runners (11 kids, 16 adults) and 3 dogs.

We had planned on an 11am start, but we ended up sending people out in waves as soon as they arrived. So much better than standing around in the rain and getting chiily.

My daughter said a few "thanks for coming", then yelled TWEET to send the first wave out (we forgot the whistle!)
First wave heading out - me in red, my daughter in pink, my son to the right
 She and a friend ended up doing the 1K twice - once with the first wave, once with the second.

These folks came in from out of town for this - THANKS!
We made jingle bell necklaces  for everyone - and believe me - it was SO great to hear all of the jingling in the grey, gloomy weather!

Apples, crackers and water at the finish line - and umbrellas

Hanging out, having some snacks and waiting for the last wave of the 3K-ers to come in
 The good thing about the rain? We pretty much had the park to ourselves!

With Kat - our first run together since the St. Pat's 5K earlier this year

I have to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to this event. On a Sunday morning. Did I mention that it was raining?. So amazing!

Everyone was wearing a big smile, too. In the rain. Fabulous!

The kids were really eager to go through the race routines, the same way we all are - put on their official bibs, run the course, have some after race-snacks, hang out and feel great.

Each of the adults mentioned that it's important to help a kid go for it when they have a big idea like this. I agree completely - and as a parent, I can't thank them enough for their support for my daughter's plan. I think she fully expected that if she held a race, some people would show up, even if it was just her immediate family. I don't think she realizes how fabulous it was that she had such a great turnout. regardless of the weather. Even her teacher came out and cheered us on!

And not only did these folks show up, they also helped her raise about $200 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

I'm speechless.

Thank you.

We're going to have to think about doing this again next year...!

Here's this week's recap -

Saturday - Curves in the morning. Daughter and I went to the ballet to see Romeo & Juliet in the evening. Lovely performance!

Sunday - the Rudolph Run (I ran the 1K); 2K run/walk with Stella later in the day

Monday - 2K dog park walk, Curves circuit + boot camp (5 mins on stairstepper, 30 pushups, 290 assorted crunches), 2K dog walk

Tuesday - rest day.

Wednesday - Cuves circuit + boot camp (10 mins on stairstepper, 30 + 30 pushups, 150 assorted crunches, 2 minute plank), 2K dog run/walk. Oh - and I signed up for the...
Who's going to get muddy with me?
...for June 2012. It's 5K with 12-15 obstacles. Because if there's one thing the Warrior Dash taught me, it's that I'm stronger than I think I am. Also that I have a twisted idea of what fun looks like. It's also possible that I'm having a bit of amnesia about how exhausting the Dash was. But what better way to test out how strong boot camp is making me? :-)

Thursday - Curves circuit + boot camp (6 mins on stairstepper, 60 pushups, 280 assorted crunches). And I did a bridge again ;-)

Friday - My office is moving this weekend, and so I worked a 14-hour day packing, organizing, cleaning and such. According to My Fitness Pal, that's about 89 billion calories burned. Phew!

1 comment:

  1. That is awesome that the race went so well. What a great thing your daughter did! Do you think she'll want to make it an annual thing?

    I really want to do a mud run/warrior dash/spartan race. It just hasn't worked with my schedule yet. Last year the Calgary one was a couple weeks before my "a" race (and I didn't want to injure myself). This year, it looks likely that we'll be travelling when the Calgary one takes place. I look forward to the race report!