December 16, 2014

Ugly Sweater Run With Kids

My family ran our first 5K together on Sunday – The Ugly Sweater Run. I use “ran” rather liberally here.

Ugly Sweater 2014 5 Title

When you sign up a 3- and 5-year-old for a 5K, you have to go in with a certain understanding. PRs aren’t happening. There will likely be pitstops. There may be some piggyback rides.

Lots of piggyback rides.

Mooch was happy to be carried by her dad for most of the race. Clearly.

Mooch was happy to be carried by her dad for most of the race. Clearly.

 

But, it’s worth it.

We’ll have great memories of the time we dressed up in ridiculous matching sweaters with 150+ bows safety pinned to them.

 

Here we are in all of our holiday glory.

Here we are in all of our holiday glory.

 

We’ll also have photos to embarrass our kids someday.

The most important thing is that we’ve shown that physical activity can be fun. And I’ve shown my 5-year-old son what he’s capable of doing.

This was his first 5K, and the kid completed the entire run on his own two feet, even running thse last few yards to the finish line.

 

How old do you think kids should be before you sign them up for a fun run or race?

 

Disclaimer: I was comped two race entries in exchange for promoting the race in advance. All opinions are my own.

April 28, 2014

Race Recap: Color Me Rad With A Kid

There are races you run for a PR and there are races you run for the fun of it.

Color Me Rad 5k is for the fun of it.

My intention for the race in Council Bluffs last Saturday was to toss aside my competitive nature and finish a race with my child.

Mooch's first 5K is in the books. Now she expects every race to feature neon and color bombs.

Mooch’s first 5K is in the books. Now she expects every race to feature neon and color bombs.

Done and done.

My 2 and a half year old, Mooch, subbed in for her big brother.

We'll make a great team someday, once we straighten out the message we're sending with our hand signals.

We’ll make a great team someday, once we straighten out the message we’re sending with our hand signals.

My dad, Mooch’s Grampy, joined us.

What a sport. My dad even wore the goofy yellow sunglasses I picked out for him.

What a sport. My dad even wore the goofy yellow sunglasses I picked out for him.

Our plan was to walk it all.

Runners out there have probably stopped reading.

This isn’t really a race recap; no racing was involved.

Anyway.

Luckily, several hundred also opted to walk this 5K.

Not the giddy starting line picture you'd expect. If I had one complaint, it'd be that it wasn't clear where the first wave ought to stand. We were to run with the 9 o'clock crew and ended up waiting in the sea of neon humanity for about 20 minutes (an eternity with a 2 year old).

OMG, these girls do not want their picture taken by me.

Lots of families. Kids in strollers. Kids on leashes. Kids in wheelchairs. And grandparents, I loved seeing other grandparents out there. My dad marveled at the age and ability ranges on the course. No one felt embarrassed by walking.

Can any age do it? You bet.

Mooch didn’t last long in the stroller, and was out pushing it three minutes after we started. She was not scared off by the color bombs thrown at us at each color station.

She ran to those color stations.

(Let the record stand that Competitive Kim did not break the agreement of walking the whole race. Her daughter did.)

She walked more of the course than I ever anticipated. I carried her for some of it – and we pushed her for some of it – but she did me proud with the distance she covered on her own two feet.

Mooch and her chariot.

Mooch and her chariot.

And so did my dad. Grampy was a good sport, even wearing the silly yellow glasses I picked out for him at the packet pick-up.

So, if you were uncertain if running a 5K as a family would be fun, let me assure you it can be. And messy.

It won't be long before this little munchkin will outrun me.

It won’t be long before this little munchkin will outrun me.

But worth it.

Rather not bring the kids? Don’t blame you. The image of you in a tutu making angels in yellow powder would probably haunt them for life. This race is probably more fun with your crazy friends. Far more people were out there in herds of friends (just look at them all in their merriment).

While I met up with some friends before the race and saw some old friends during the race, Saturday was primarily a family day for me.

This might be my dad's first selfie.

This might be my dad’s first selfie.

 

That’s my sort of fun these days anyway.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to the Color Me Rad 5K race organizers for providing two entries into the race in exchange for blogging about it before and sharing my experience of it after. All opinions expressed were mine.

March 26, 2014

March For Babies Omaha Event Details

Until this year, March of Dimes’ March for Babies was on the periphery of my life. A friend out east walked in one with her preemie daughter; she had found a lot of support through March of Dimes. But I didn’t keep tabs on my local chapter.

And then this little sweetheart came along.

My niece, Sofie, was born at 27 weeks.

My niece, Sofie, was born at 27 weeks.

My niece, Sofie Anne.

She was born at 27 weeks on Dr. Seuss’ birthday this year. (Oh, the places she’ll go!)

So, that brings me to an event in Omaha that now has a little more weight in my life.

March for Babies Omaha

march-for-babiesThe March for Babies Omaha is Saturday, April 26, starting at the Lewis & Clark Landing, 515 Riverfront Drive. The walk begins at 9 a.m.; registration starts at 8. I’ve done charity walks there in the past and it’s a lovely route along the river.

I already am committed to a 5K that day, so I cannot attend. But you should! Teams are forming now. You can register here.

 

March 19, 2014

The Color Run In Omaha + Promo Code

Have you tried a themed 5K run yet? Here’s one you’ll love to try with your friends! The Color Run is bringing its 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour to Omaha on July 19. This is the kind of race you want to round up a bunch of friends to run with you.

It’s also kid-friendly being non-competitive by nature, so if your friends are bailing on you, bring your kids and show them how fun being active can be.

The Color Run comes to Omaha July 19, 2014.

The Color Run comes to Omaha July 19, 2014.

What makes this run so fun? The paint, of course! You can’t help but but smile when you (and everyone around you) are covered in bright colors. Add to that music and what promoters are calling “crazy race attractions,” and you’ve got yourself a little party. It’s not called the Happiest 5k on the Planet for nothing.

Another draw? The swag.

Co0lor Run swag

All registrants get a sweet T-shirt, headband, wristband AND a sling bag. You know you want a headband and wristband to complete your race day costume, amiright?

OK. So are you ready to add this 5K to your race schedule yet? Save $5 off your registration with the promo code COLOR5OFF. Use this code at the time of registration – it cannot be retro-applied. Register here.

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Register today and I’ll see you at The Color Run!

Disclaimer: The Color Run has provided me with complimentary race entries to the race.