Guess who ran her first 5K?
No, not me.
Our local YMCA has a children's running group, and Willow joined them for a session as they trained for and ran the YMCA's autumn 5K. My quirky, introverted girl did amazing, not just in the six weeks or so of regular training, but she also paired up without protest with an adult buddy whom she didn't know, and made her way without freaking out through a crowd of unprecedented proportions--
--and thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed the post-race buffet of delicious snacks:
Although Will was hugely proud of herself afterwards (as she ought to be!), she decided not to enroll in the running club's next session: her tender, growing feet hurt in those Nikes that I don't approve of but bought anyway because I thought they'd be good for running, and my little homebody grew weary of the twice weekly practices on top of her weekly ice skating lesson, volunteer gig at the local food pantry, and park day with our homeschool group--for a kid who's happiest reading at home for as many hours as there are in a day, that's a LOT of scheduled extracurriculars!
But that's not to say that she won't be running, because guess who's trying (AGAIN!) one of those Couch to 5K workout programs that everyone keeps raving about on my Facebook feed?
I am so out of shape that I won't even estimate how long it will be before I have enough stamina to run with my kid, but 60 seconds of running alternated with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes is more running than I was doing last week, so there you go.
And if anyone has a better suggestion, ideally non-sweatshop originated (I can't BELIEVE I bought those Nikes, and they weren't even any good!), for a children's running shoe, I am seriously all ears.