So today was the day that my "baby" officially became an Iron Girl. Today my beautiful, smart, determined, and mostly competitive 4 and 3/4 yr. old little girl finished her first 5k. She told me a few months ago that she wanted a "big girl" medal, so I signed her up for the Clearwater Beach Iron Girl 5k. I wasn't sure what to expect other than to finish a fun run with my best girl.
The weather was terrible. Quite literally, severe for the hours leading up to race day. I was up most of the night watching the weather as it jumped from tornado wacthes to tornado warnings. The tornado watch expired at 7:00 am, which was good because our race started at 7:30 am. By the time we got to the starting line, the weather was chilly, 70 degrees for Florida, and overcast. As all runners know that equals PERFECT running weather. We stayed to the back of the line because I knew we would be slower than most and I didn't want Sarah to be trampled by the PR driven runners.
The announcer said go and we were off. What a GREAT feeling to be sharing this experience with my only baby. It was almost hard to hold back the tears as she naturally just took off running.
We took our water break and pushed forward. She decided that she wanted to sit for a bit, but I reminded her of the "turtle and the rabbit" and that we had to keep moving. So, once again, my mom mind kicked in and challenged her to a "race" to the nearest sign or palm tree. That kept her fairly focused...until it didn't and then we played tag. She was ready to see the finish by mile 2, but still in good spirits. I credit that to the many amazing women running/walking along with us that thought she was cute and kept cheering her on. I can't thank them enough!
I don't like to brag, BUT I'm so proud of Team To the Moon and Back's time, I just can't help myself. We finished in 53:16!!! WAHOO!!!! I was just so happy to share that "nice little run" with my daughter and then something hit me...pretty hard. Four and a half years ago, when I ran my first 5k, I ran it in about 51 minutes. I truly thought I was running and I was; just as fast as I could go.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you at the races!!!