Time to train for the 5K/Kiddie K?

I just realized that the YWCA’s 2 Minute 5K is just about a month away. So, is that enough time to get ready to run the Kiddie K with my kiddo?

Hmm, I don’t know. Running has never been my favorite thing…way back in high school I decided to be a manager for the tennis team instead of trying out for the softball team when I realized how much they had to run 🙂 Now, that ended up great, lots of my friends were on the tennis team, the coach was great, and I learned a lot about the sport. But the decision was definitely motivated by a desire to not have to run.

After the high school experience came a a college PE class. It was the required one that included running, swimming, and aerobics. The first day of class when we ran around the track and then checked in with the teacher for a heart rate check I was told “when we run the dorm loop you’ll want to be sure to walk some”. Yep, the PE teacher told me to plan on walking. Not long after that I was lapped by a celebrity who was out running on the track during our class. I was at not quite half way around the track when he passed me. So, as you can see, running has just never been my thing.

Last year one of our friends ran the Kiddie K with her before doing her own 5K. Since she’s actually a runner that wasn’t all that big of a deal for her. But, for me, running the Kiddie K would be kind of monumental, because, well, I don’t run. I just don’t.

And, right now it feels like my 5-year old’s legs are almost as long as mine. She has tons more energy and lots less weight, so I’m not sure trying to run the whole thing together is a great or very fair plan.

But, I know that she’d think it was cool if mom ran with her. So, I’m considering it. Like, if I made it over to the Y 3 times a week and started out with walking and ellipticalling (that’s a word, right?) I could work up to being able to “run”with her, maybe?

So, no commitments yet, but I’ll plan on hitting the Y tomorrow and see how it goes from there.

And, you can join us! You can sign up to do the 5K, you can register a kiddo for the Kiddie K, or you can join our team and Snooze for SAAM (that’s the option I really want to do) -you just pay the $20, get a t-shirt and advertise that you were part of the event.

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Planning for the YWCA 5K

I just finished registering for the YWCA’s 2 Minute 5K and creating our Threads of Compassion OKC team.

This is an event that we’ve participated in since 2010. Some years Morgan and I and Joanna have walked the whole thing together, some years we’ve hung out and visited while others ran and walked, and last year Joanna ran the Kiddie K with a friend.

Though it’s usually windy and often cool, this is an event that I look forward to each year. It’s so encouraging to see so many people gather together to support survivors of sexual assault. We get to visit with people that stop by our booth to say hi, and to say thanks. Each year ladies stop by to let us know that the scarves we are providing are making a difference for survivors. They are an encouragement to them at a traumatic time.

So, if you’re in the OKC area please think about joining our team and hanging out with us the morning of April 22nd. If you’re not in the OKC area, you can still be part of our team -simply choose the “Snooze for SAAM” option on the registration.

If you’re interested in a bit more information, check out the Threads of Compassion OKC site for the info we shared there.

Her 1st basketball game

We made it to our first basketball game today. 

Before today we’d been to 2 practices and missed 2 practices and 2 games (both games were on the Saturday we were in Indy), so our girl is a bit behind her teammates. Not only is this her first year to play, she’s only made it to 2 of their 6 gatherings prior to today. 

She was excited to be there, but unsure what to do. It was tough for this Hoosier to watch my girl lost on the court! 

During a break I asked if she knew what to do out there. She said no. That pretty much summed it up.

I’m hopeful that a few more practices will make a big difference at this stage 🙂

A not so lazy morning

We’ve introduced our girl to the Wii Fit and she loves it! 

This morning she asked to do the running game before school instead of watch a show.

As she was running today and slightly out of breath, she said “this is good exercise for my body” 

She is enjoying getting to the finish line and seeing her character not throw a fit at the end as she improves.