We’ve chatted about whether it’s OK to blog about our kids. I asked the Child if I could blog our 5k. She flatly informed me she was putting it on *her* as-of-yet-unnamed blog (runjolly.com or mizfitjr.com). She agreed to an interview until her site is up. Good crap I love this child.
Let’s start from the beginning. What did you think of training for a 5k? Was it fun Running for a Better Oakland?
It was kind of fun when we did silly things like high knees and side running. I didn’t like when people yelled: Run slow, but don’t stop!!! It made me want to stop. (Carla-note: She’s her mother’s daughter. I hate encouragement.)
Rumor has it your mom was excited about the expo
to purchase stuff she didn’t need. Was the expo as you anticipated?
Could you sleep the night before or were you too excited? Was it hard getting up early to run?
I had softball so I was really tired. I slept great. I always get up early. I always have to get up at 530 so I have time in the morning to play with my mom (Carla-note: Yep. She said that. I’ve tried to clarify. Repeatedly.) so it didn’t feel early. I was excited because I went over with my friends and met other friends there.
What happened when you arrived at the race start?
My mom went to the potty a million times (Carla-note: truth.). We watched some of the other runners start their races. My mom danced, too. It was a little embarrassing because she chased me around. It was to the song We’ve got the fun (Carla-note: The song was We’ve got the funk. That Susan recorded/I had no idea may be my FAVE part of the day. The Tornado’s face is priceless.)
Were you eager to run?
I was really excited to start. There were so many people I held my mom’s hand so I didn’t lose her. Once we started it was fun. I ran as fast as I could until I got tired. Then I walked some. It felt long. I couldn’t believe when I saw a sign that said ONE MILE because it felt like I’d run for a week. My mom ran with my friend Madison and I walked with Madison’s mom and then we switched.
What was the best part of the race?
Seeing the finish line. I ran as fast as I could at the end. At first I didn’t think I got a medal, but then we saw all kids get medals. I was really glad. I wore my medal and my number to school and told everyone about Running for a Better Oakland in our Morning Meeting.
Now that it has been a few days—do you think you’ll do another race?
My mom asked me if it was thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle. I said thumbs up but tiring. I’m going to run with my mom in her half marathon. (Carla-note: She has no conception of how long a half-marathon is, but she is coming to Napa.).
Any final thoughts to share?
(she scampered away, came back later and handed me the below.)
The Tornado wonders*:
- Have you run a 5k with or without a child-sidekick? Was your experience like mine?
- Do you hold your pee or use the porta-potty like my mama?
*Carla note: as evidenced by the second query the questions are completely the Tornado’s own.