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Ringing In Spring 5K with my daughter - her first race EVER (Read 83 times)


Drink up moho's!!

    DD has decided to give this running thing a try this year.  She is in 6th grade and is participating in track for the first time.  What is funny is I have tried to get her to try running with me a few times and she basically has said NO.FLIPPING.WAY!!!!!!!


    So I was quite surprised when she said she wanted to give track a try this year.  I wasn't planning to race this race this weekend since I have my first of many marathons for 2013 next weekend but on a whim I asked DD if she was interested in it.


    DD:  Ummm, maybe  . . .

    Me:  Are you sure?  I'll sign us up tonight then.

    DD:  You are gonna run off and leave me during the race aren't you?

    Me:  No sweetie, I will stay with you the whole way.

    DD:  No you won't

    Me:  I promise!  I will be right there with you the whole way

    DD:  OK.


    So off I went and got us registered.


    Race morning I am feeling good but DD wakes up with a sore throat but we decide to go anyways.  HUGE turnout for this race, 5K had almost 1300 finishers plus they had a 10K at the same time as well so we went a bit early to get parking.  Parking was a breeze and since it was at the local Y we went inside to wait for the race to start and kill 45 minutes.  Temps were upper 40s and windy so it was nice to wait inside.


    We go get lined up and just kinda wander up there and find a clear spot to stand and wait.  Oops a bit too far forward as I wasn't positive exactly where the starting line was.  Come on sweetie we have to move back we are too far up but she wasn't having that and asked why?  Because we are gonna get run over, I said.  Still didn't want to move back (Yeah we gotta work on that part) so I at least told her we are gonna move all the way over to the side and stay by the side for now.


    Normal race start pleasantries and then the bell rings and we are off.  DD is doing good, just have to work on a few form things with her but she looked like she is having a good time.  "This is too fast dad."  No worries we will just slow down some.  "My throat hurts and I am having trouble breathing dad."  No worries, if we have to walk then we will walk, no big deal.  So now we are walking as she catches her breath and lets her throat settle down.


    So that is how the race went, walk a lot, run a little since she was not feeling well.  Like I said, no big deal.  This was her first race and I was just along for the ride on this one.  My sole purpose for the race was to support her and cheer her on.


    Coming up to the end and now we see Mrs V.  Alright we gotta pick it up so mom can get a running picture and off we went and we kept it up and passed a big group just before crossing the mat.  I let her go out ahead of me to insure she beat me but she stopped and waited for me to make those 2 strides we were apart so she could hold my hand as we crossed the finish together.


    DD finish time:  51:42.2

    My finish time:  51:42.6


    She beat me by 0.4 seconds.  So very proud of her.

      ehawas wha a great day with your DD. so cool she waited to take your hand to cross the finish.

      First Race

      Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago November 4, 2012 30:17

      Second Race

      Penguin in the Park 5K Decatur Illinois March 23,2013 27:08


      Hip Redux

        This is an awesome RR.  Congrats to you and your daughter!   May this be the start of more races for her Smile



        Drink up moho's!!


          Skirt Runner

            Aww this is AWESOME! Love it and love that she is getting into running! Great pic!

            PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)     Full- 5:55:33 (11/1/15)


            I started a blog about running :) Check it out if you care to

            Bad Ass

              Nice job to both.  And nice pics!



              "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

              It's always fucking hot in Miami! (except for 3 days of the year)


              Caretaker/Overlook Hotel

                Awesome indeed!!!


                slowing down as frequently as she wanted will ensure that she will do another.  She'll want a second chance for not feeling well this time, for sure.


                i wish either of my dd,s would but its not for everybody and I respect that too.



                  Thanks for sharing such a wonderful RR.  Congratulations to your daughter - may this be the first of many great races for her!



                  Upcoming races:

                  Covenant Health Knoxville 5K 4/7/13 (and cheering on DH for his 1st Marathon!!)

                  Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathon 7/21/13

                  Tower of Terror Ten Miler 10/5/13

                  Dad on the run.

                    That's awesome that your DDs has found an interest in running. My daughter is only 3 but I will let her out of the stroller on our way back home after I have finished my run and she will run/walk the whole way back home. Usually about 1/2 a mile or so.


                    Mrs. V... that brings me back to the days of my childhood. We had a teacher who we called Ms V. Her last name was Valenzuela (doubt that is spelt right).

                    My parents said I could be anything when I grew up, so I decided to be Awesome!

                      That's awesome! I love the pic. Smile

                      5k - 25:15 (11/18/12)

                      10k - 1:01:51 (2/14/15)

                      10mi - 1:33:18 (3/2/14)

                      HM - 2:06:12 (3/24/13)


                      Upcoming Races:

                      Benched until further notice. :/


                      Everything you need is already inside. [[Bill Bowerman]]

                      Don't call me Buttercup!

                        You are such a good dad!!! Thanks for sharing with us!  (Though this post totally ruins your tough guy street cred... Buttercup. Big grin LOL)

                        Slow and steady wins the....  wait a second! I've been lied to! 

                        delicate flower

                          Very nice.  She is in 6th grade and is almost as tall as you!  Cool



                            Congratulations to little MissV! Her first race, how awesome! You are a great influence on your DD, Doug, and an excellent father. She will learn a lot from you in the coming year. It was so important that she enjoyed her first racing experience, you helped her achieve that. Great job! And great picture of the two of you, she looks much older than a 6th grader! Good luck to you next weekend!

                            PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                                    Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

                            18 marathons, 18 BQs since 2010


                            Fear is a Liar

                              That was a really nice RR - it brightened my Monday!

                              I'm so vegetarian I don't even eat animal crackers!



                                Good for her.