The Great Mother's Day 5K

by jennifer13. March 2013 13:21
Last year for Mother's Day, my daughters and I celebrated by running in the first annual Great Mother's Day race. It was a crazy day, I remember it quite well. Other than this race which was the highlight of the day, the day totally sucked. We were having car issues, so we were down to one vehicle that day. Ronin had to stay home with daddy (which made him VERY unhappy) and the girls and I had to rush to the race and then rush back home because James needed the truck so he could run up and back to the auto repair shop. We did NOTHING on this day other than the race. NOTHING. I didn't get any presents (and I know, that's not what Mother's Day is all about), no cards, no flowers. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. But what I did get was a fun little race with my two best girls (and then later that afternoon after the car was fixed I went out and bought myself a kick ass Trek road bike for my Mother's Day gift. ) Watching these little athletes (ages 6 1/2 , and 8 at the time of the race) run, and have fun was better than any present (except my Trek road bike .) Ella took it VERY seriously and went out full force and ended up being the first child to cross the finish line. Last year they didn't have divisions for kids her age, but it's my understanding that they will this year. Last year was a bit challenging because Ella loves to run, and Haley likes to walk. I tried to pace myself so that I was right in the middle of them, but I ended up closer to Ella than Haley, and Haley got upset because she couldn't see me As soon as Ella and I crossed the finish line, we immediately headed back for Haley and cheered Haley across. This year will be different because all 5 of us will be doing it together, and James will likely walk, so any walking kids can stay back with him. I love to be able to support our local races, and spend a day being active with my family. The event organizers of the Great Mother's Day race want you to get out and have fun with your family, too. And they have extended a 10% discount code for you to use when you register on Active.com. The code is TBBLOG. Click here to sign up! Children in strollers and ages 7 and under are FREE, so come on out with your kids, and join me and my family! They have pre and post-race water and snacks, water stations along the course and it's in beautiful Al Lopez park. they do support a local charity, there is only race day packet pick-up, so no extra trip needed (which is awesome!!) and there was plenty of parking. And a playground for before/after the race to keep the kids busy! Hope to see you there!

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Jenny

Color Day!!

by jennifer15. December 2012 16:23
In MAY The Color Run made an announcement that they would be bringing their race series to the Tampa area in December. I immediately signed up my entire clan and for the past month or so the anticipation was really building in our house!  I run a lot of races, but do 99% of them alone (or with friends.) But once a year, we do a family 5K. This was our 2012 Family 5K and we were EXCITED! And then bird flu hit our house hard   By Thursday it was obvious that at least 2 of the kids weren't going to be able to do the run and since an adult needed to stay with them, and I am the runner in the house, I decided it would be dad that would stay home Thankfully I was able to quickly and painlessly sell our 3 extra registrations (and kudos to the Color Run folks who would have refunded me my $$ if I had not been able to sell them.) Ella was the one child that was well enough to go with me! I woke her up at 6am, we quickly got dressed and went out for breakfast. We arrived in St. Pete around 7:15am and had plans to meet up with some of the Tampa Bay Bloggers at 8am. Traffic was BAD! So even though we got there early, it took us a long time to park. We decided to consider today our Mommy/Ella date day! We made it over to the Christmas Tree at Straub Park and found our friends and together we started over towards the start line! The color was really pretty cool. It was cornstarch though in such large amounts it still did bother the eyes, nose, and throat. I was glad I had brought bandanas for me and Ella, though she didn't really wear hers too much. The 3 miles went FAST! There was only one water station and by the time we got there Ella was very thirsty! Going through the course I noticed more people walking than running, and some of those that were running were pretty aggressive, like they thought it was timed or something There were 4 color stations: Pink, Blue, Orange and Yellow. Orange was Ella's favorite station!   We had a great time walking the course with my friends and her two son's. It was really neat to see all the costumes, and how much fun everyone was having! Ella and I both agreed that we would do it again! We hung around for a little while and watched a "Color Bomb" go off and Ella played on the playground, but then we were hungry so we decided it was time to head home! We stopped at Evos for lunch (YUM!!) and made it home by 1pm! It was a wonderful 7 hours of quality time with my middle child. I need to think about having a 5K date day with each of my kids in addition to the yearly Family 5K. Do you have a race that you like to run together with your kids? Which one? I'd also like to give a huge high 5 to my new race camera, the Panasonic DMC-TS20K. It's waterproof, dust proof, mud proof, and sweat proof, so expect a LOT more race day pics!!    

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Jenny

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