She Says… Track and Field

Owen ran in his first “race” this weekend.

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We live right near the Boston marathon route and people have started to fill the sidewalks on the weekends doing supported runs to train for it. Though I’m not really a runner myself (despite wanting to be), I love seeing the runners prepping for the big race and get chills just thinking about it (especially given what happened last year). So on our way to his race, Owen’s face was all aglow watching the runners and chatting about when he will run the  marathon.

Truth be told Owen’s first race was really a happy accident. We were joining some friends at a fundraiser/fair over the weekend, and unbeknownst to us the event was a Fun Run for kids. Indoor, thankfully, since the temps here are still hovering around 30 degrees. When we arrived, his age group had already run, but they let him get a number and run with a few other little stragglers in between heats of big kid runners.

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Owen was elated.

He stood, toes on the line. Body wiggling with excitement. He eyed up the competition, a huge smile on his face. He knew where the finish line was and he was determined to be the first one there. The guy managing the race said to him “This is your lane. Don’t cross it!”. Owen had never run a race before, so had no idea what that meant. He ended up running the entire race with his legs straddling the line, like he was wearing a big diaper, because he thought he wasn’t supposed to step on the line.

Didn’t matter. He smoked ‘em.

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He beamed with pride as he got his ribbon. Then he asked me if he could do it again, with bigger kids next time. He certainly has the competitive spirit (ahem, but not so much the grace of a good loser yet)!

Dude is FAST and Benjamin and I have often joked about taking him running. I probably could — I’m pretty slow, so it might even out. When the weather gets warmer I’m thinking the track may be the perfect equalizer. We could all run at different paces for different distances but be together. Anyone out there do this with their kids? When did you start? How far/fast can 3 year olds run, on average? He seems to really love it, and Lord knows we could use another outlet for his physical energy.

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After playing every game at the fair, we celebrated his “big win” (and perhaps more importantly his recent great attitude and wonderful sleeping habits!) with ice cream.

Everyone’s favorite reason for running, no?

 

 

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3 responses to “She Says… Track and Field

  1. Angie All The Way

    Good Lord I am practically tearing up at the cuteness of Owen and his vigour. GO OWEN!! Dying laughing about his running straddling the line!

  2. My niece ran her first race shortly after she turned 4. It was a 3K, so just under 2 miles. Her parents told her they’d run some, walk some, but she only ended up walking a few hundred yards here and there. She’s 5 1/2 now and her mom swings back by the house to pick her up for her last lap around the neighborhood (about a mile) when she goes running.

  3. @Angie, Oh this kid cracks me up every day.

    @Stacy, That is a great benchmark! That’s farther than I would have thought, but he does seem to have endless energy, so who knows. I’d love to see what he could do, if he was into it. Thanks.

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