I am so proud of this girl!
It was exciting for me to run with my sweet daughter Ava as she raced in her first ever 5K. The Dadfest race is a family focused event so there were tons of kids around and lots of activities before and after the race. We looked around a bit, and before we knew it the 5K was about to begin.
I wasn't sure what to expect because Ava had not trained at all for running this distance. I wondered how she would hold up. Turns out, she has a lot of stamina and the will of a champion. We jogged (ran is more like it...her default speed is quick) and walked at her command, and she pushed herself. We probably ran almost half the race and fast-walked the rest. She never once complained even when I could tell she was getting tired near the end. She went strong all the way to the end and finished in 44:26 which I think is astounding!
But of course these races I am doing with the special people in my life this year are not about the finishing time, or the pace, or performance. These races are about spending time with people I love. So today was a special treat for me because spending a morning with Ava is wonderful. She is so beautiful inside and out...her sweet spirit is a blessing to everyone who knows her.
I loved sharing the joy of running with my girl today. And I hope that I am setting an example for her that will encourage her to stay healthy and active without finding her value in her appearance or performance.