Princess has been talking about doing the Chapman University 5K since the spring. Even though she knew I’d be just 3 weeks away from delivering a baby, she was sure I’d be able to run it with her, both of us decked out in our Team Sparkle outfits. But, about a month ago, it became quite apparent that running more than 1/2 mile was going to be impossible. We were both pretty disappointed.
I did the beginning training runs with her and was able to run the first 1/2 mile and the last 1/2 mile with her during the race. Running even that short distance together and seeing that smile never leave her face, will be one of my most treasured memories.
During the last month before the race, Todd stepped in and helped her train up to the 3 mile mark. He also jumped in and ran the middle 2 miles with her in the race. Sometimes getting Princess to open up and talk is a challenging thing for dad, but as it turns out, she got quite chatty during their evening training runs. I know those moments are surely going to be treasured by Todd and hopefully it’s a training tradition that will carry for many years.
Final Time: 32:12 (pace 10:23)