Baby Make that Debut Fast!

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I had registered for both the 1 mile and 5K Stingray Race when I thought I could pull a good workout out of it (pre-injury). Instead of letting it go to waste I kindly asked to switch my bibs over to my six year old daughter expecting us to run the 1 mile as a fun run. Little girl had more than one mile in mind and I wasn’t going to argue. Here are some pics of our amazing Mommy-Daughter morning. I put her in my favorite Running Etc. singlet (pinned in the back) and I think she represented the store pretty well.

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Can you believe she ran the race in 51 minutes? I am SO proud of her! It was tougher than she thought it would be. 84 degrees with no shade. We stopped at every water station and walked when she was tired. With a quarter mile to go she KICKED IT IN past me and 7 other people. She beamed with pride as all the amazing volunteers and spectators cheered for her. (I may have been cheering the loudest 😉 ) I might be the meanest mom in the world for including that last picture but I think it’s too darn cute not to share. (She was extremely disappointed not to win the Zhu Zhu Pet raffle prize.)

I will be writing another post later this weekend recapping my 2nd week back to training.

If you have children, have you run any races with them? Did they brag about beating you? Have they suffered Zhu Zhu disappointment? 😉

The Stingray Races were out and back courses which made for great cheering! What is your favorite type of course? Out & Back, Point-to-Point, Loop?

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26 thoughts on “Baby Make that Debut Fast!

  1. That’s just awesome! She looks adorable. I have been able to run races with both my kids and it’s one of my biggest joys. Fingers crossed both my kids and your daughter want to continue to race with us as they get older!

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  2. Aww! Your little girl looks adorable and that’s so amazing that you did the race together. What a great time too :). I bet it’s a real joy to run a race with your kid. I coach track, and one of our little boys’ dads ran a race with him and it was really sweet (one of our other coaches runs with his daughter a lot but she’s in college, so while it’s cool, it’s more cute when the kid is little). And I love the singlet on her, she looks like such a real runner- because she is!

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  3. Okay so as much as I LOVE running…nothing beats watching my kids race. Last year when my oldest turned 6 I let him do 5k’s. I thought they would be hard to do with him not being able to really compete. But let me tell you….running a race with him and hearing him strategize for a PR is uh-may-zing! During his last 5k he came in the top 12% of ALL people, not just his age group and watching him pull a 28:45 out of nowhere with a 1/4 mile sprint at the end was one of the proudest moments of parenting him!

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    • Good point!! Everyone thought she was crying about the race….she was crying about not getting a toy raffle, ha ha. It was too adorable not to share. Have a great weekend!

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  4. She is adorable! Poor baby did not get her her Zhu Zhu. She is going to fly through that next race in an effort to get that prize!
    I am so excited to run with my kids.. I signed all three up for a one mile fun run this July after we move .. hopefully we will have a place to live. ha! They come out to the track with me to “practice” I am in heaven that they enjoy the sport, it would great if it stuck with one them. Your daughter is just precious.

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  5. OMG. She is SO adorable!!! Congrats to you both (esp to her for beating you!! )

    My favorite type of course to run is a loop…but definitely out and back to spectate!!

    Hope you guys had a great weekend!

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    • I used to prefer loops but now out & backs are my favorite. There are a ton of them here in Virginia Beach and I’ve fallen in love with being able to cheer and be cheered for by other runners.

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  6. AWE! I cannot wait to see her in race action. She did amazing seriously. I’m with you on out and back courses. There are so many good courses and being cheered for by other racers is the best feeling ever!

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  7. She could NOT be any cuter. Awesome!!!! I have a few kids that race/run and it is so much fun for all of us. A couple of the boys are getting to the point where they could probably beat me at shorter distances. 🙂

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  8. That is so awesome Kris!! I actually ran a 1 mile fun with my 7 year old back in October which was her first race. If your not careful your mini-me might be the one to beat at Twin Cities if she keeps getting faster ha! 🙂 Run Happy!!! 🙂

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