Track Day with the 5 Kids

 

My husband (aka - the "Coach") - keeping track of the kids' mile times today

My husband (aka – the “Coach”) – keeping track of the kids’ mile times today

I love how inspired Wayne has been lately to get fit and to help our kids get active too! This morning he signed up Wayne Jr for his first marathon (the same one I ran when I did my first, which I’m pretty excited about!!) and then we headed to the neighborhood track with the kids. The track is loose cinder – which feels like running in fine gravel, so they were getting rocks in their shoes every little bit and there are no marked lanes, but they were champs and stayed with it for a mile each while Wayne timed them, which was fun. I ran with Jr for the first lap, encouraging good form and pacing and then caught up with my 8 year old daughter who was in tears and stayed with her until the finish, where I kid you not she started sprinting and threw her hands up in the air at the end, which totally made my day!!!!!! Proud of these kids! I think we need to head downtown next time to show them what an awesome track feels like instead, though!

Wayne Jr - age 12 - training for his first marathon

Wayne Jr – age 12 – training for his first marathon

Rebecca (age 13) - a great support to her younger siblings and showing promise as a runner herself! It'll be fun to see what she does over the next few years!

Rebecca (age 13) – a great support to her younger siblings and showing promise as a runner herself! It’ll be fun to see what she does over the next few years!

The kids’ one mile times today on the track (intending to keep this up and show them how much they have progressed in a few months!)

Wayne Jr: 10:23
Rebecca: 14:29
Joshua: 14:35
Anneliese: 21:20
Savannah: 16:18

Joshua (age 11) - Feeling proud of himself for pushing hard on the track!

Joshua (age 11) – Feeling proud of himself for pushing hard on the track!

You should have heard the trash talk at the bleachers as they feasted on granola bars and Gatorade when it was over and I snapped a couple of victory shots. Savannah (age 6) to Rebecca (who’d come back out to run in her sister the final lap – Savannah was none the wiser and thought she was beating her 13 year old sister) – She said, “Becca, I kicked your butt today, but you ALMOST kicked mine!” Rebecca, “I know! You’re an awesome runner! I’m really proud of you!” Anneliese (age 8 – with the personality of a 40 year old in the body of a young child), “Savannnahhhh…. if you LITERALLY kicked Becca’s butt, that would be a bad idea because, #1 – That would be rude! #2 – It would slow you down! and #3 – You’d probably TRIP!!! She had her hands on her hips and was looking so serious. We all burst out laughing!!

Savannah (age 6) - our "baby" - who's shown an enthusiasm and passion for running since she was in diapers! It'll be fun to fan the flame of interest she has over the next few years!

Savannah (age 6) – our “baby” – who’s shown an enthusiasm and passion for running since she was in diapers! It’ll be fun to fan the flame of interest she has over the next few years!

Anneliese (age 8) - my least enthusiastic runner/child - which made it all the more wonderful to see her sprinting to the finish line and SMILING at the end of the workout today! Woo hoo!!!

Anneliese (age 8) – my least enthusiastic runner/child – which made it all the more wonderful to see her sprinting to the finish line and SMILING at the end of the workout today! Woo hoo!!!

Leave a Reply