Last weekend my family did the Big South 5K in Charlotte. Well, not the whole family. #1, #2, and #3 are not home, and my husband and #9 (Sam – who is 4) didn’t run but came to cheer the rest of us on. I ran with #7 (C.C.) who is 8. She was trying to break 27:50 which was her last 5K time. We came in a little over that at 28.30 but I was impressed with her mighty effort! She never stopped to walk except to get water. By the last 1/2 mile she was tired and I asked her if she wanted to walk a little. But then as she recognized her surroundings and knew it wasn’t too far to finish…she got a second wind! [Read more…]
I saw this post on SparkPeople and thought I would repost it here for my 9 Kid Fitness readers…Great story!
From 5K to Marathon in One Year
On December 3, 2011 I ran my first race, a 5K in Orlando, FL. I had just turned 65. This was after 10 weeks of training, which started quite innocently as a way to lose a few pounds. I enjoyed it so much I thought I would try to do a 5K. Fast forward just about one year, and I have completed my 1st Marathon. The Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon, on November 3, 2012. [Read more…]
I would like to qualify this by saying that I really don’t like running the 5K distance. It hurts too much. There is no padding in it. That is exactly what I was thinking when I lined up at the starting line on Sunday night (July 3rd) for the Firecracker 5K in Charlotte. Why was I doing this to myself? Actually it wasn’t just me. My son Peter (15) and daughter Annie (13) were doing it as well. The worst part was that it was an evening race, and it was 93 degrees by our car’s thermometer. We had to walk a few blocks from where we parked to the start, and I looked at my sweat-filled shirt before the race began and thought it looked more like I was at the finish of a race rather than start of one. [Read more…]