Those Kids Can Run!
On Sunday afternoon my (birthday girl!) wife and I took our daughters to a cross-country meet over at the Dominican Campus. They are both running on their school's team this year.
We had never done anything like this before, and I was shocked by how many people were there. I am not overstating when I say there were at least a couple thousand people. S--, our second grader, ran 3/4 of a mile in a group of a hundred and a half first and second grade girls. E--, our fourth grader, ran a mile in her 3rd and 4th grade crowd.
Here is the thing that was super impressive: my kids did really well. S-- ran like a champ and finished well, and placing third among girls from her school. E-- really poured it on, finishing in the top 25 kids and placing second in her school. Both of them crossed the finish line (see above) having "left it all on the field." They were both nearly in tears and calling for water. But they were also so excited about the experience, and how great it felt, and how they want to keep it up.
My wife is the runner in our family. Before she developed a serious back condition, she used to run five or six miles at a shot, most days of the week. I, on the other hand, am built for comfort, not for speed. The fact that my daughters love to run shows that they got the good genes in our family.
Also, we've been training with them. My wife has been especially encouraging, helping them to run a mile every day. She has been a great encouragement to them.
So, what I'm saying is this: my kids are awesome, and they run fast, and their mom is a big reason why. So watch out, cause we've got some sporty kids over at the McKenzie house.