My daughter Natalie is my guest blogger. This is her account of the 5k we ran together today
I just ran my SEVENTH 5k! Before the race, I got my hair sprayed with neon pink and green and orange. I got face paint on my cheeks. It says, “I <3 GOTR”. That means Girls on the Run. I didn’t practice with Girls on the Run this year, but my mom and I wanted to do it for ‘Lu Monday’. Lu Monday is when my mom and I spend time together. Usually it is on a Monday, but we both made an exception.
During the race, Mom wanted to start near the front. I wanted to see what I could do without her, so I started near the back. I didn’t want to get run over and I didn’t want Mom’s help.
For the first mile, I mostly ran, but I eventually got a cramp and started walking. During the second mile, once I saw the water, I took a sip and walked a little so I wouldn’t get another cramp. Then I RAN! Mom met me on the third mile. She brought me a water bottle. We giggled.
Once I heard the crowd coming nearer and nearer, I started to run and gradually increased my pace. I saw the finish line and I immediately bolted! When I was done and I got the water bottle that I wanted, I felt like I was going to throw up. Then once I took a huge gulp and sat under a tree, I felt a lot better.
At the finish line, Mom told me she did a good job, but she has to work a little harder. When I was done, I was so happy that I proved to my mom that I could run by myself!!