I began running about a year and a half ago. Before that time I couldn't run a mile to save my life! This past 4th of July I ran in one of the largest 10Ks (about 55,000 people) in the US. I was pretty proud of myself, but I was even more proud of Emma this weekend. Emma has always taken an interest in my running. She started calling her sneakers her "running shoes" and will always make sure to stretch with me before I leave for a jog. Last summer I signed her up for a Tot Trot that was taking place after my own 5K run. She ran for about 50 yards and got a nice purple ribbon to remember the race. Since the beginning of summer she's been asking me when she will get to do another run. So I found one in the area, but this time I didn't sign up to run myself - I just wanted it to be about her.
Having fun running
We got there a little early so we had the chance to watch runners from other races. We had a pretty good time watching and cheering the other runners while we waited for her race to begin. When it was time to run her race, Emma told me that I could wait at the finish line because she didn't need my help. A minute later the man in charge yelled "Go!" and it took her a second before she realized it was time to start running. But when she saw everyone else going, she took off running! She is always so happy when she runs - her face just lights up. I don't know what place she came in, but I really couldn't care less. I was proud of her for just trying and for being the outgoing energetic girl I hope she will always be.
Emma with her Blue Ribbon