Almost a year and a half ago, I started running again. This was after taking a 15 year hiatus from my running career. I had started running when I was 7 or 8 years old and ran almost every weekend in a 1K or a 1 Mile race until I was 11. I kept running all through grade school, middle school and high school -- I honestly wasn't the best but I wasn't the worst; I was always a middle of the pack runner at least in the later years. Earlier than that I was definitely in the back of the pack, but I digress.
Sunday was the first race that I've run in a little over 6 months. I was forced to take a break for a medical reason and it's only recently that I've been feeling like I'm well enough to go out and run in a race. Most of the runs I've been doing have only been a 5K and I'm working up to running semi-competitively in a 10K on 8/1 in Portland. I'm working on trying to find a race to run almost weekend, but there's an issue...
Over Memorial day weekend Rachel (my daughter) told me that she wants to run with me. As a parent this is the coolest thing in the whole world, that she wants to run and spend time with her dad. I should mention that she's only 5 years old! This came totally out of the blue, no prompting or asking she just wants to do it. The first time we went out running she ran almost 2.5 miles (she did take quite a few breaks). This last weekend worked out great since there was also a kids race and she ran 18 laps (probably around 1.5 miles) without too many stops - just long enough to drink some water.
So this last weekend Sherri (my wife), Rachel and Grace (my almost 2 year old) went with me so that Rachel could run too. This worked out mainly because Sherri could watch the two girls while my race started and then take Rachel over to her race. Also Grace saw all the other kids running so she ended up running with Sherri around the loop and did something like 6 laps too. Plus since it started a little after my race I was able to finish and then go over and jog with Rachel why she did her race.
The issue is that now I have to work out a schedule of races so that she has a race she can run in where I either run with her (and not in a separate race) or convince Sherri to get up really early and trek with me and both kids to events where there are both kids races and adult races.
But you know what, I don't mind. I'm just happy that I'm out there running and that my daughter calls me her running partner!