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.



Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint 5K

Disclaimer: My daughters and I received race entries to the Girl Scouts of West Coast Florida Thin Mint Sprint 5K in exchange for social media exposure and my honest review.

This past Saturday the girls and i were invited to participate in the FIRST ever Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Tag-A-Long Trot 1 mile. We opted to do the 5K course. I knew we'd walk it and I was fine with that since I had Iron Girl the next day. And running has been giving me grief lately, so I was happy to walk!

The girls and I arrived around 7:45am for a 8:00am race. We cut it close! But packet pickup was a breeze and I was able to park close enough that I could take the bags back to the car and still get back to the start line in time.

I met up with Denise and her daughter, and soon we were off!  Girl Scouts was handing out boxes of cookies to the Top 50 Male and Female finishers, and I thought Denise had a pretty decent shot at winning a box, so we planned on Allana staying with me and my girls, while Denise ran for cookies!

The race was great with over 800 people! But it was so well organized that you really didn't feel the 800 people. It had the feel of a much smaller race. Maybe it's the course because I felt the same way about another race that I ran down in Safety Harbor earlier this year. Maybe Safety Harbor is the key ingredient.

I'm not exactly sure how long it took us to finish. I want to say something like 56 minutes. So we were out on a Sunday Stroll. Tongue Out

We crossed the finish line and proudly displayed our medals.

Denise did in fact end up winning a box of cookies! I never had any doubt! I'm always so proud to have such a fast mother runner friend.

The mounds of Girl Scout cookies made Ella very very  happy!

My Girls have been scouts since 2010 and they love it! Last summer they spent a week at Girl Scout sleep-away camp and had an absolute blast. I love supporting organizations that empower girls and women and the Girl Scouts does just that.

A great little race which benefits so many young women in our community.

Next year the race will be held September 27th, and at the same wonderful location!

Were you a Girl Scout?