I have been running again after taking about a week off after my marathon. Not much though, last week I only ran 10 miles, and this week only a 5k race!
This week I plan on getting more miles in though.
A few weeks ago my friend's 12 year old daughter asked me to be her running buddy for her first 5k race ever, with Girls on the Run. Of course I said yes!
On the morning of the race I found out that being her running buddy means we're supposed to stay together...and she runs an 8:30 pace, and I run 11:00. That was a problem!
I talked to her coach about it and she told her to stay with me the first mile, and then go on ahead, as long as she can see one of the coaches. I thought it would be great too, because I would push myself to run faster.
|Walking to the start line|
Well...I did not need to worry about keeping up with her.
About 5 minutes in, she starts complaining. About anything and everything! I was so surprised!! Of course I've never ran with her before, so I don't know if that's normal for her or not.
She stopped to a very slow walk many times. Her feet hurt, her head hurt, her stomach hurt, her bunny was home hungry (yes, really), she wanted to quit, kept asking me how much longer, and on an on. And on.
For the first 2 miles I was nice and sweet and encouraging. But then it just started pissing me off. And out came my inner Jillian Michaels.
I told her to suck it up, she's ran this distance before, she's trained for this, she can freakin do it, so stop complaining and let's go!! I had enough!
We finally got to the finish line around 40 minutes, and I'd never been more happy to see a finish line! That was the most miserable race ever. I guess because I knew it was all excuses. She wasn't really sick, or any of those other things she said.
|A few seconds into the race, when she was still smiling. |
Not sure what I'm saying...
Of course after she got her water and sat down she said she wants to do another race. Her mom had to pull me off of her cause I was gonna hurt her! ;)
I am proud of her though for pushing through all the crap, and finishing the race.
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