For the 2nd consecutive year, my oldest daughter and I were up way before the sun to #PushAwaytheScreen and participate in the Iron Girl Clearwater 5K & Half Marathon. We did the 5K as a mother/daughter team.
Last year we actually ran most of the race. This year we decided to walk most of the race and just talk. As mom to the #TampaTrio, the opportunity for some 1:1 time is hard to come by, so we made the most of it!
We looked for friends in the 1/2 marathon corral, we took selfies, and we made new friends!
This is a new friend I made because I recognized her CrossFit 14 shirt. I can find CrossFit friends anywhere.
Haley felt it necessary to do a little pre-race stretching. Always good to stretch.
And soon we were off! We remembered the course from last year and knew when we made it to the top of our Florida Mountain that we would be at 1 mile.
We made it to the top of the bridge and there was no 1 mile sign. But there was the Best Damn Cheer Squad.
Haley was confused why there were men with their shirts off screaming and holding signs. She's only 10, so not quite ready to fully appreciate all the Best Damn Cheer Squad has to offer.
We ran down the bridge and I knew that there would be water at the bottom. Thankfully there was because Haley was thirsty!!
We made a quick off-course detour to some port-a-potties that were on the opposite side of the road, and then began our climb back up the Florida Mountain. At the top there was the 2 mile marker! We were so close to being done!
We came down that mountain and knew we had just less than a mile to go!! We continued to hold hands, chat about school, friends, our upcoming summer vacation to Jekyll Island and before we knew it, we were approaching the finish line!
But not before the 1/2 marathon leader came swooping down in front of us with her police escort. It was so cool. She was so fast and Haley and I just looked at each other in shock. And then we saw the finish chute!
We have a rule in our house. No matter how much of the race we walk, we MUST run through the finish chute!
Haley was very happy to find the Aqua Sphere water mister!!
But she was sort of ambivalent about the mascot from the Clearwater Threshers.
We did it! We were Iron Girls!
I tracked our walk with the new Samsung Galaxy S5, and I'm happy to report that the pedometer function was spot on for Iron Girl. This distance includes our walking to the expo, the race, and then walking back to our car!
We didn't stay for the post-race breakfast, or any of the awards. I didn't even stay to find my 1/2 marathon friends. I had a ton of yard chores calling my name, so we needed to head home. Maybe next year we'll be able to do the 1/2 marathon as a mother/daughter team.
Have you even done an Iron Girl Race? Have you been part of a mother/daughter team??