Kristen R: December Reflections No. 6 – The Mama in Me

My daughter made this giant card with her entire first grade class last year. My husband sent me the picture before the race. Her entire class signed it and they taped "prizes" to it -- a pencil, a bookmark and a few other things. THIS is motivation, friends!

My daughter made this giant card with her entire first grade class last year. My husband sent me the picture before the race. Her entire class signed it and they taped “prizes” to it — a pencil, a flower, a bookmark and a few other things. THIS is motivation, friends!

I found out today that I won’t be able to run one of my new, favorite half marathons next year. I did this race back in April — the Park to Park Half Marathon in Waynesboro, Va.

It was my first half of the year and it was a good race. I ran it with my best time of the year — 2:06. I was proud of that since the race description says the course is made up of “gentle rolling hills.” You run through a valley, so you hit plenty of ups and downs along the course. It’s a rural course and a small race — and the scenery is just beautiful.

So why can’t I run this race in 2014? Well, it’s because of the mama in me. My oldest daughter’s school is holding it’s third annual 5K race, which raises money to buy more technology for the school/classrooms. I promised her after she won her age group’s .5-mile kids race earlier this fall that we would tackle this 5K together.

If you check out my race recap, you can see how these little girls finished in the fun run I missed.

If you check out my race recap (linked in my intro), you can see how these little girls finished in the fun run I missed. What I find hilarious is their race hair. Not to knock the guy, because he’s come a long way in the hair-taming race, but these girls had “Daddy Hair,” thus the Bean’s bow and the Noodle’s half ponytail.

Last year, while I was running the Park to Park half, my girls were taking part in the kids fun run obstacle course at this event. My husband made sure they had a great time, as always, but I definitely felt bad missing out. Had I known the dates conflicted, I would have just picked another half. But, I had a great experience at the Park to Park — and wouldn’t trade that, either.

It’s a strange conflict, I have to say. The mama in me is thrilled at the idea of having this experience with my Bean (assuming I can keep up with my little speed demon). The runner in me, though, is feeling a few pangs of disappointment to miss that valley run.

However, I know that these kind of moments with my kids is what it’s all about. One of my favorite pieces from this year has to do with another running first with the Bean: When we ran our first mile together. For me, that post served as a bit of a parenting breakthrough as a working mother raising daughters. I have banned the word “bossy” from my vocabulary. I let them take the lead with each other or in certain situations — unless it gets a little too heated (and my 3-year-old can be feisty).

These moments, if not grabbed hold of, relished and then reflected upon, can be so easily lost. I also wrote about this theme the weekend my iPhone blanked out and I had no email/Facebook/work lifeline/Twitter to check. Sadly, I’ve fallen back into the iDistraction habit all too easily. Shame on me.

The Park to Park race? It’s a no-brainer. The experience of training with the Bean next spring, then running with her in her longest race to date will be pure gold. And, cheering on my youngest, who will be four by then, in the kids obstacle course will be so much more rewarding than conquering 13.1 miles of gentle rolling hills on any day.

I’m not the only runner in the house. I guess that means I’ve influenced these little girls of mine. And that a feels really good.

Gotta run!
Kristen R.

Ten. More. Miles.

Ten. More. Miles.

KHP Art Below

KHP - PP birthday photo

KHP – PP birthday photo

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About Kristen R.

Counting down to 40, while juggling motherhood, marriage, the corporate grind & middle-of-the-pack running. It's OK to point & laugh. http://mamaontherunblog.wordpress.com
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6 Responses to Kristen R: December Reflections No. 6 – The Mama in Me

  1. Your kiddo is more committed than mine 🙂 We signed up for a 5k and started training, all was well – until the 2nd training session…and the 3rd. Needless to say, my kiddo is NOT a runner. And that’s ok. But since it was a “fun run” we all did it together anyway. It turned out ok in the end and is memories we will have forever (good OR bad, laughter OR whining!) You’ll be glad you did it NO DOUBT! 🙂

    • Kristen R. says:

      Thank you! I’ll be curious to see how the training goes. I hope it goes well, but if not, I guess we’ll do the fun run. Hey, at least we’re getting them out there – fun run or otherwise!

  2. wwwmama says:

    I struggle with this same issue of making tough choices, but it gets easier the more I realize that my stepping back out of necessity makes room for Free to have quality time with her dad. She had her first 5k with him this year, and she ended up walking much of it with another young girl, but she enjoyed the experience. That’s all that matters. I love the “training” at this age. I can’t wait to get out on the track again with Free in the Spring. Walking and jogging with her is so relaxing and just plain nice.

    • Kristen R. says:

      I totally agree. The shorty runs we’ve done are great because of the conversations we have. She may walk a lot during the 5k, but I know the finish line feeling will be a good one for her — and me. I want her to enjoy it and not feel any pressure from doing it.

  3. khpixler says:

    I can’t wait for LP and PP to be ready for their first 5ks. I was so sad when I missed LP first mile run because I was out with the soccer team. I hope that does not happen this year. It is so awesome that they are all so excited about running and being outside. Bean is one focused and determined kid. She really impresses me as do you mama.

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