The last weekend of January was the Lady Track Shack 5k! This is one of my favorite races and I have ran it for the last four years (I had to look back on the blog in order to fact check that statement). This year was extra special though because it was Kenley’s first 5k! Last year, she ran some of it, jumping in and out of the stroller, but this year there was no stroller! Kenley was excited about the race, but also very excited to see her friend Livie.
We didn’t do any official “training” so I had very low expectations. I knew she would need some encouragement along the way and that there would certainly be walking breaks. I was hoping we would finish under one hour, only because we were heading down to Magic Kingdom afterwards.
Kenley ran almost the entire first mile before we needed to stop and walk. She asked for water many times leading up to the first water stop, so I will remember to run with a water bottle next year. There were times during the race where we would “run to the stop sign” then we would take a walk break.
Towards the end of the race there was more walking (and whimpering), but there were so many encouraging women along the way cheering for her. It was seriously amazing!
She finished the race running and we came in at 44:13! She did such a great job and I am so proud of her for getting out there and running her first 5k!
She earned that medal!
Thanks to the Orlando Track Shack for another amazing race! We’re already looking forward to next year!
friday night trip to chuck e. cheese’s to celebrate kyler’s birthday!
playing all the games.
sporting our medals after kenley’s first 5k on saturday morning! more photos to come.
we headed to magic kingdom after the race and chelsea the (class) chimp came with us!
riding on the people mover!
excited to meet belle after the enchanted tales!
crosby asked belle if all the books in her library were real. she said they were!
such a fun day with these two.
chelsea also joined us at church!
celebrating four years!
quick trip to the park before the rain started.
sunday night date night.
we had a busy weekend! crosby was excited to share it with their class mascot, chelsea. how was your weekend?
My double race weekend started with one of my favorite races, the Lady Track Shack 5k. This year was even more special because Kenley came with me to run the race. I told her a couple months ago that we were going to run an all girl race so naturally she has been talking about it ever since. She even would tell Greg and Crosby that they couldn’t go because it was only for girls.
The night before the race, she got up at least twice asking if it was time to get up yet. She was so excited! We left before the sun came up and headed down to Loch Haven Park to meet up with some friends before the start of the race. Kenley was excited to see Livie, Michelle’s daughter, was there.
This was my first time ever running a race with a stroller and it will likely be my last. We had to start at the very back of the race, the very back. The whole first half of the race was spent bobbing in and out of the walkers trying to actually run the race, all while trying my hardest not to run into anyone with the stroller. Kenley asked the whole first mile if she could get out and run with the girls. Just after the first mile, when it opened up just a bit, she hopped out and was on her way.
She was good about getting back in the stroller when she needed a break. I had to tell her a few times to slow down and to make sure she stayed next to Livie so she could pace herself.
As we passed Track Shack, the DJ said into the microphone that she must be the youngest runner on the course. She hopped in and out a few more times and cheered Livie on from the stroller while she was resting. The last quarter of a mile, I pushed her to run the rest of the race. We kept telling the girls that the donuts were waiting for us at the finish line, which they were, Krispy Kreme!
We finished in 39:23 based on our chip. You can see that we crossed the start line a good three minutes after the clock started since we were in the very back.
We had such a good time and saw so many other mamas after the race. Kenley had a blast playing with Livie, who ended up placing third in her age group! Kenley is already talking about running the whole race next year.
You can also see my past race recaps for the Lady Track Shack 5K from 2015 and 2016.
kenley and i woke up before the sun on saturday to run the lady track shack 5k! we had so much fun.
since we were so close to the science center, we stopped in to see the new astronaut exhibit.
the kids launched a space shuttle!
crosby was just chillin’.
our saturday night family movie was beauty and the beast. it had been a long time since i’ve seen it and it’s definitely still one of my favorites.
sunday morning came early and we were off to celebration for a cold and rainy race. we finished and it took the rest of the day to thaw out.
we had a good weekend, how was yours?
This past weekend marked my first double race weekend. I use the term “race” loosely for the 5K since I didn’t go out there with a true race mentality, knowing that I had a half marathon the next day. However, I didn’t want to miss this race for 2016 because it is one of my favorites. As you may have guessed, this race is only for women and proceeds go to help fund mammograms — awesome! I ran this race last year by myself and got a PR, so this race holds a special place in my heart. This was also Heather’s first MRTT meet up last year…if only we had known each other then!
This year, there was a new location where we had to park in the parking garage, but it allowed us to get a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise. It was pretty cool before the race started, but I warmed up pretty quickly.
The course was pretty crowded for the first mile, so it took a while to get into a groove. Even though it was only a 5K, I felt like we were running forever. It could have been because I was battling bronchitis and an upper respiratory infection during the week which left me with zero weekday runs. In turn, I was starting to get pretty nervous for the half marathon the next day.
We finished the race, walked through the vendor tents, and got our free food. It was a gorgeous morning! Instead of the tutu, like we got last year, we got an inspirational bracelet from Momentum Jewelry. Heather’s says “Live Joyfully” and mine says “dream big”, and we both thought they were perfect for us. We also got a sweet Raw Threads shirt and a cute medal…just a couple more reasons why this race is the jam!
Overall, it was a great warm up run for our race on Sunday!
saturday morning sunrise over orlando before the lady track shack 5k.
it was a chilly morning, but great weather for a nice and easy 3.1 miles to warm up before sunday.
saturday afternoon, we headed down to celebration to pick up my race packet for sunday. we found a new park and were pretty much obsessed.
she climbed and climbed and climbed the entire time we were there.
swinging with friends!
crosby’s signature phrase right now “ta-daaaaaaa”!
this morning, we ran the celebration half-marathon! it was such a great race. greg and the kids came down to celebrate afterwards and we hit up the same park again. the rest of the day was spent lounging and grocery shopping.
we had a great last weekend of january. how is tomorrow february already?
how was your weekend?