Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot 2015

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida have invited me and the #TampaTrio to participate in the annual Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint (5K) and Tagalong Trot (1 mile). You can read about our previous experiences here, and here

We love this race, and last year Ronin won big by placing in the Top 50, and earned himself a box of cookies!! It was this race that really set him on his goal to run longer, run faster, run smarter.

 

So how do you do that? How do you run longer, faster, smarter? Especially when you are only 8 years old and you already run faster and longer than anyone you know? 

Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but what I can tell you is how I trained my 8 year old son to be a smarter runner.

See, I've posted before about Ronin starting off like a cheetah and getting tired out too easily. We worked on that and he was able to easily achieve a sub-30 5K. E.A.S.I.L.Y.

But what do you do if you've never run before, or if you want to run longer distances.

This is what I did....

I used a Gymboss Interval Timer. I clipped it to the top of my bicycle. And I rode my bike while Ronin ran. 

We did 5 minute intervals. 4 minutes of an easy run, 1 minute of walking. And we did it 4 times per week.

Our plan was working great!! Ronin had gotten up to 6 miles of running. He was training for the Gasparilla 15K, and he was DETERMINED that he would win for his age group (10 and under). But then his world came shattering down around him when he broke his leg just 3 weeks shy of his first 15K.

 

7 months later and Ronin is now out of his cast, but he still wears his boot on occasion, and he walks with a limp.

That broken leg really took the wind out of his sails.

He's been running, though not for time. He's just been running for fun. 

And what better way for him to get back to the racing circuit than a race designed for fun??

With 3 options to choose from (5K, 1 mile, Virtual) there is an option for EVERYONE!!

We'll have to see how Ronin (and me, I have injuries right now too!!) continues to feel throughout the rest of the summer, but I'm thinking we will all (me, Ronin and both girls) go for the 5K for the third consecutive year. 

 

 

 

Have you suffered a serious injury and been able to come back as "good" as you were before?? Tell me how you did it, please! 

You can find out more information about the race HERE, and you can register HERE.

 

 

Shaun the Sheep Movie VIP Giveaway and free tickets

Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. The series stars Shaun, a sheep previously featured in the 1995 short film A Close Shave and in the Shopper 13 episode from the 2002 Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions series, and his madcap adventures around a small farm as the leader of his flock.

Shaun the Sheep Movie is out in theaters August 5th, 2015 and the #TampaTrio is so excited to go and see it! You can see the trailer below. It looks so funny!!

And I have a great giveaway for all of you too!! I have 15 family packs of tickets (4 tickets per family) to give away to my blog readers for the advanced screening on Saturday August 1st at 10:30am. The screening will be held at the AMC theater at West Shore Mall in Tampa. 

PLEASE remember that there is overbooking, and it is first come first serve at the theater, so GET THERE EARLY!!! I'd hate for you to have disappointed kids!!

Click HERE to get your Family 4 pack of tickets!

But wait...there's MORE!! I also have a chance for you to win a VIP package to see Shaun the Sheep!! With the VIP package, you'll have GUARANTEED admission to the 10:30am show, plus a Shaun the Sheep bobble head and a movie poster!! 

To win the VIP package simply leave me a comment telling me who you would take to see the movie!

Good luck!

This giveaway and post is sponsored in part by Lionsgate Entertainment. All opinions are my own! 

 

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I was gone on vacation for the previous 2 Wednesday's so I have a few books to share with you all!

First, I am STILL reading The Goldfinch. It's VERY long and I got sidetracked on vacation, the title expire from my Overdrive Account, so I had to put it back on hold, and it just recently became available again. But while I was gone I read 4 books!! 1 adult, and 3 kids.

So, what did I read? 

 

 

Reconstructing Amelia is like Mean Girls on steroids. From the publisher: "Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump. Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save." So what did I think?? It was good. Not great. I did predict pretty early on the relationship between Amelia and one of the Maggie's. The mystery of what really happened to Amelia did surprise me a little bit. Overall, I think some more of the story could have been developed, but I'd recommend the book as a good beach/vacation read.

 

The next 3 books were all kid books. One was a CLASSIC and although Haley and I had read it in the past, Ella and Ronin had not, and I don't believe that their father had ever read it either, and we all LOVED it!!

 

You really can't go wrong with Roald Dahl, and since this book has been adapted into TWO great movies, I don't think I really need to explain the premise too much, though there are some scenes in the book that don't appear in the movie, and vice versa. 

 

Next up was one that Haley read last year and she really wanted the rest of the family to read it too. She actually went as far to say that it is her FAVORITE book EVER!

 

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a blind 10-year-old orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island, where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.

This story was SO GOOD! And it had GREAT vocabulary in it, so the kids learned a lot of new words! It kept us hooked for HOURS. I can see why Haley loved it so much.

 

And lastly, we read The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic

Eh, this book was okay. It's kid adventure. It kept the trio entertained, but it didn't hook them to want to read any of the other 39 clues in this series. In a nutshell seventeen years old, Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world. He has presidents on speed dial, generals at his beck and call. Ian knows he’s an ideal leader and the only man enough for the job. There’s just one small problem: He’s already messed up big-time.

A Cahill from the past calling himself the Outcast has risen to challenge Ian with an impossible test. The Outcast has re-created four of history’s greatest disasters and dared Ian to stop him. If Ian and his allies can’t decipher the Outcast’s hints in time, innocent people will die. Ian’s only chance to beat the Outcast is to track down his former allies, Amy and Dan. But finding Amy and Dan will demand from Ian an impossible sacrifice.

 

And there you have it. What I read the past two weeks. Next week, I hope to finally be finished with The Goldfinch and on to something else!

 

 

What are you reading??