Yesterday our family ran in its first 5K for a program called Girls on the Run. It was such an amazing day!! Eli and Kyndal ran the 1 Mile Fun Run together while Rick, Brynne and I ran the 5K. I had my best time at 34.27. Rick hung back with the girls, encouraging them and the moms we know running the race, and he finished at about 39 minutes. Brynne finished at 49 minutes with her friends. It was a crazy exciting experience!
After the race the kids were treated to a swimming party. Running the race was why I was there, and supporting my girl. Brynne was there for the friendships made.
I was so proud of myself for reaching my goal, and so proud of Brynne for her commitment to Girls on the Run. She has put her whole heart and soul into it, even on the upcoming community service project her group is doing to raise money for a teacher who has had some significant surgery. She is a great girl! And I was so happy to have Rick there with us, supporting his little girl. There were very few dads present, and it means the world to our kids to have their daddy be involved in their activities. Plus he's always a lot of fun. And .. this crazy fella won the bronze medal in his division!!
I love our family and how we support each other. It made me happy to hear Kyndal tell of her and Eli's experience there supporting our girl in the one mile run, and to see them waiting for us at the finish line. I couldn't have asked for a better family event.
Girls on the Run is a fantastic program, and if you ever get a chance to participate in one of its events I encourage you to do so.
"Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large." ~ GOTR website