Last year, Mackenzie ran a marathon in a month… 1 mile at a time. We loved the experience and decided we’d try to do this every year in our family.
This time around, we were joined by several other families of preschoolers (and some moms with babies who wanted to start running as well). We ran the first 25 miles on our own, but came together for the last 1.2 at a high school track with popsicles and medals.
During the month, Mackenzie (5) had some tough days but we ran rain or shine and she generally enjoyed it.
The official runners ranged in age from 3 to 6:
And I couldn’t resist a sibling pictures as well, since there were NINE younger siblings in attendance!
Mackenzie was incredibly proud of herself after running her five laps around the track with her Daddy, as she should be!
She played soccer at the rec center this year and received her trophy halfway through the season (we break for the winter here and finish up in the spring). She had shown up for all six games but barely even touched the ball because she was so nervous. When she was presented with a trophy, I may have talked to her about how glad I am that she is having a fun time playing but generally trophies are earned after a lot of hard work and high achievement.
When she was presented with a medal at the end of the marathon, she grinned at me and told me proudly that she’d earned this one.
Caitlyn (2) took off around the track as well and logged two laps herself, tossing both her shoes along the way. She and Daniel were buckled into our Bob jogging stroller for most of the marathon miles throughout the month so it was definitely a family affair. 🙂 She’s already told me she’s excited to be a “runner girl” next year. We’ll miss our Columbus crew of runners but we’ll definitely be doing this in Oregon!