Parenting Edition:What’s In A Race Photo?

With race season wrapping up in our area, race photo’s are starting to pop up on Facebook news feeds and emails. The anticipation of seeing your photo can be thrilling or scary then to see the photo and think, oh shit, I looked horrible (or great). They are fun because it brings you back to that moment in time when you may have been struggling or you nailed a new PB.

As a parent, if your kids are in sports you get to watch them over and over AND over again. Soccer games, rugby matches, cross country meets or swimming lesson. Growing up I played multiple sports and my parents were always at my games/siblings games. Soccer games, volleyball games, badminton games etc. They sat and watched over and over again all three of us play. They drove us to games, wiped our tears when we lost an important game, played with us, coached us; they were our biggest cheerleaders.

For me and my husband (Saï), as parents of an almost 4 year old and 6 year old, we now get to watch them play sports. It’s all introductory lessons and practices of soccer, swimming and now gymnastics.

I believe that since Saï and I both run, the girls like to run. You know monkey see monkey do. They genuinely love to run but have different running styles. Lilly is calm and collected like her father and Hilary has fast feet…not like her mother.

So why am I writing this post? Well, all because of this photo:

Lilly 2016 PipersRun VHM.jpg

{Thank you Valley Harvest Marathon for the free photos, it’s much appreciated!)

This wasn’t her first kids run, she’s done a handful of them over the last three years. She run twice around the beautiful Acadia University track with other six year old’s at the Valley Harvest Marathon Kids Run.

BUT, this photo…the face of focus, I’m hoping not pain. Her hair bouncing to the side from her body gliding over the track, her posture and form pushing her forward, her outfit that she picked out to run in. I also love the other girls in the photo, all doing their own thing and enjoying it. Oh, I love this photo of my daughter.

I’m sure there will be more sports over the years and, I so look forward to watching and capturing moments like this.

So what’s the value of a race photo as a parent – SO MUCH HAPPINESS 🙂

Happy Friday Folks!

What are your weekend plans?

What are your thoughts on race photos?

Last – for those that commented on Wednesday’s post – thank you.

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