Sunday, May 3, 2009

John Blaufuss 5K

The family and I ventured back to my home town of Emporia, KS this weekend. Saturday was the John Blaufuss 5K and the race benefits scholarships to ESU. Being a graduate of ESU and being a scholarship recipient, I felt this race was fitting...and since the race is what my mother used to lure me home for the weekend, I went ahead and registered for it several weeks ago.

The original plan was for my best friend to run it with me. She's never ran a race in her life. In fact, she's never even ran in her life, unless being chased by a large dog or to escape a burning building. But I casually brought up the race thinking it would be something fun for us to do together, and surprisingly she agreed to do it. I sent her a "couch to 5k" program to prepare for the race and I was truly impressed with her commitment. She's been getting out and running and working so hard. I've been so proud of her. But unfortunately, she ended up hurting her knee pretty badly. Bad enough that she now needs cortisone and can no longer run on it...at least for now. :(

So, at the last minute, we had an extra race bib and no one to run the race. But fear not - my 6-year-old Rylie boldly stepped up to the plate! That's right, yesterday my little Rylie ran her first race - a 5k!


Here's a pic of me & Ry before the race.


Here we are at the starting line. Doesn't she look cute with her little race bib on?! :)


Here we are during the first mile. She ran non-stop for almost the first 2 miles!


Here we are during the last mile. Can you tell she was getting tired? The last mile was a struggle, with mostly walking. But she toughed it out and finished anyway!!


Here we are at the end! By the way, the fat baby to the left of the photo is my little nugget, Harper. ;)

Rylie was pretty pooped at the end of the race.....but that didn't last long. Her Papa took her to buy a new bike (to keep at Mimi & Papa's house) shortly after the race and she proceeded to ride her bike all afternoon! Ah, to be a kid again.

After we got home from the race, I went out and ran another 3 miles so I could get my scheduled 6 miles in. My knees were hurting after the run, but during the run I actually felt pretty good. Hopefully this continues.

Saturday, May 2, 2009: 6 mile run

13 comments:

teacherwoman said...

That is awesome that you and Rylie got to run together! How fun! And way to be dedicated and go out for another run to get in your 6! Wahoo!

RunToFinish said...

wow didn't realize your home town was emporia, how cool to recognize places in people's posts!! Can't believe she volunteered for teh 5k that is wonderful!!

Oz Runner said...

how great to run your first race with your daughter...hopefully it's the first of many....drove through emporia yesterday coming back from KC, small world...

The Tri Runner said...

Wow! Running a 5K at age 6 - that is impressive!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

SOOO AWESOME!! This post makes me want a little girl so bad! I LOVE the pink outfit. Funny we call my inlaws mimi and papa..

Good work! Inspiring the next generation.

FYI I have a little "nugget" just like you. We call him our lineman..

IzzyBubbles said...

Oh my gosh, so cute! That's great you got to do the race with Rylie, you're setting a great example for her!! I'm glad you had a good weekend in Emporia. Next year I will definitely have to try to work the Blaufuss run into my schedule.

Dancing Sweet Pea said...

Both you and Rylie did so awesome! I'm so proud of you girls!

Bethany said...

Love the pink visors! So sweet that she ran with you, makes for a great memory :)

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Now that is so cool! It's great that you got to run her first race together like that. I'm sure that will be a lasting memory for both of you.

sneakersister said...

I am extremely impressed that your six year old ran the 5k with you. That is incredible. Way to go Rylie!!! And mom,too!

Melanie said...

your kids are too cute, love that Rylie ran with you! Sorry about your friend though, hope she recovers well!

Carolina John said...

that's so cool. 6 yrs old and ran a 5k. my 4 yr old wants to run a race, but it's just not time yet. it's so cool that you guys got to do that together.

aron said...

i LOVE that you ran a race together, how awesome is that!! you are setting such a great example for her :) she is adorable too!