Bluenose Youth Run Recap 2017

Last weekend the girls both ran in the Bluenose Marathon Youth Run. This was Lilly’s fourth year and Hilary’s second year participating.

Friday afternoon we drove into Halifax to pick up their race kits. This was the first year I wasn’t running at the Bluenose and they were. I kinda wondered if we were silly for doing this just for them and then I snapped out of that thought. Yes, they are with it – the drive to the city, the stress of navigating a race with two kids, the few complaints they may give us as they creep towards fussiness from waiting in line or walking a lot to the start line. It was worth it.

Pretending to run up Citadel Hill

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They LOVED the expo!! Free sample foods, pictures taken, seeing Bo from Bo on the Go (TV show), and seemed okay that we didn’t see Myles (Bluenose guy) this time. Navigating a race expo with kids can either be super fun or mayhem, we just went with it. After the expo we got to have dinner with my family and visit with my niece.

We had the girls up at normal time on race day and out the door to get good parking. We arrived way to early and had some unhappy campers but….sometimes it’s worth a good parking spot, right?!?! We met up with our friends and made our way down to the start where we had to walk even further to get into the start area. Lots of walking!

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There was a sea of kids. I’m unsure how many participated this year but for every child there was at least 1 parent, if not two it seemed. There were strollers with little ones and all ages dancing to “Sunshine in my pocket”…oh I mean “Can’t Stop the Feeling” as part of the warm up. Hilary didn’t like my dancing….I’m confident my husband didn’t either 😉

Didn’t like my dancing…just kidding, father-daughter pep talk!

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Lilly ran with Saï, my friend Krystol ran with her son while I stayed back and ran with Hilary and Braegha, Krystol’s daughter. Both girls were LOVING IT! We ran 90% of the almost 2k distance, stopped once to take off a long sleeved shirt and then once more to catch B’s trucker’s hat blowing away in the wind as we turned the corner to the finish line.

She looks like a bad ass (cause she kinda is) but really she has a mouth full of food. 

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We managed to find everyone in the metro centre…yes I still call it that. I think it’s called the Scotiabank centre now but to me it’s the metro centre. The girls had some snacks while we watched the crowds trickle in from the 4k youth run.

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After that we went out to lunch and back to my parents place again. Saï and I snuck away for a 15k afternoon run while the girls hung out with their cousin Ava. We then had another family dinner before heading back home later that evening.

It was a whirlwind 24 hour trip to the city but by far so enjoyable, so much fun and really, just a great weekend together. That’s it’s, another great running weekend with my family.

.Anyone take in a race with their kids?

How close to a race do you try to park?

Do you dance/do the warm up at races? (I do 🙂 )

 

Valley Harvest Marathon Kids Run 2016 Recap

It seems each year the weekend of Valley Harvest Marathon (Canadian Thanksgiving weekend) the weather is different. In 2014 it was super wet, last year it was the windiest and this year probably the warmest in a few years. With the bright sun-shining down on over 1000 kids, it was a great day!

We actually started the day off with swimming lessons at 8:30 and were amazed that it went so well. We were expecting Hilary have a meltdown since she dislikes water and didn’t want to do swimming lessons. Lilly swam in the deep end for the first time unassisted and Hilary was in the water the whole time with an instructor! Big win!

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After an early lunch we headed off to Wolfville to pick up our race kits and meet up with friends. Race kit pick up with kids can be a bit hectic but they had some activities for the kids to do which was great. We ran into lots of people we knew which is always fun.

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We waited outside from 1:30 until the 2 pm start time which for our three-almost four year old, was too long of a wait (parenting lesson learned).  At 2 pm the under 5 girls went, which meant it was Hilary’s turn to run one lap around the Acadia track. Last year she did it all by herself so we expected her to do it again by herself. That was not the case.

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After see most of the kids pass around the track, Hilary was nowhere to be seen. I made my way over to the other side of the field to see her walking with a sad face. I tried to cheer her up and her response was “I just want to run with you”. With no hesitation, I grabbed her hand that was reaching out to me and took off in my Birkenstock. She cruised around the track to the finish her lap. She’s actually a fast runner so it was funny trying to keep up with her in birks. Afterwards she was so happy to “have won the race”!

Next up was under 5 boys and then it was supposed to be 5 & 6 year olds girls. I’m not sure if they changed it last minute but as Lilly was waiting with the other 5 & 6 year old girls they announced it was only 5 year olds going. Six year olds had to go back and wait with their parents so Lilly stepped to the side of the track. Lilly was fine but it was a little chaotic for some parents and kids. It was 5 year old girls who then did two laps followed by the 5 year old boys who did two laps, then it was Lilly’s turn with the 6 year olds. We waited in shade near the start to watch all the runners finish.

Finally it was Lilly’s turn and she was so excited. We talked a lot about pacing herself as sometimes she goes too fast and then get’s a stitch in her side. She did a great job running and had a happy face as she passed us on her first lap. The best part was watching her get her medal and run over to me with excitement all over her face. So worth it.

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We played on the field with friends and took in the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel equipment that a friend was facilitating. We got to practice throwing a pretend javelin on a rope which was really cool.

Though it was a bit chaotic for some parents it was a great day to have kids out running and cheering each other on. There was lots of traffic delays due to highway and road construction that you can’t really do anything about. We had typical wait times getting out of Acadia University where the run was held but that to be expected when you go to an event like that.

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I love having such a great event so close to home to watch not only our girls run but their friends run too. Sometimes we parents feel like we run around with our heads cut off when taking your kids to fun events like this but in the end it’s all worth it. The girls had a blast and that’s what really matters.

Big thanks to Valley Harvest Marathon committee for the Kids Run – 1000’s kids registered – that’s awesome!

Do your kids run in kids events?

Anyone’s kids run in the Valley Harvest Marathon?

Do you plan for traffic delays when going to a race?

Valley Harvest Marathon 10k Recap to come…it was great!

Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run

Last Saturday Lilly did her first run – 400 m at the Valley Harvest Marathon in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We’ve been talking about this run with Lilly for weeks and even running with her when we take our dog out for a walk. She loves to run and she loves that Mommy and Daddy run to. She actually thought it was my job to run….god love her. Before the race we hit up our local farmers market and met my parents there: Grandad a.k.a. videographer and Grammy a.k.a. babysitter for Hilary.

I talked to Lilly about her run and that mommy wasn’t allow to run with her but she would run around the red track all by herself…with her friends of course. She was fine with that. I even talked to her about falling…that if you fall, you can get back up and keep running. Well, thank goodness we had that talk because about 85% into the run she fell after another girl stopped right in front of her without any warning. Poor girl. Good thing Grandad was near by, he got her up and then I ran with her to the finish line.

Pre-Race:

She was really excited and was having lots of fun playing with her friends.

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T-shirt and bib on…ready to go. Little sis hanging with Grammy and then she was a little unsure at the start!

But she has these awesome socks from one of her boy-friends to make her run FAST!

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Lilly was super excited to be running and to run with her friends. However, the organizers broke them up to boys/girls for their run. Lilly’s friends were really upset that they couldn’t all run together. And to be honest, at this age (under 5) I wasn’t too happy they were broken up into boys/girls. They have a life time of being in gender specific groups and fighting for equal opportunities, why at this run? {little rant, sorry}.

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Once the race got underway it was hard to keep up with her and take pictures. She runs like her father; tall posture. Happy as can be. Go Lilly Go!

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Left – before race = Happy.

Middle – after race checking out her medal and a little upset that she fell.

Right – Lilly and Mommy

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And then the medal!!! Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run 400 meters for Lilly and a pretty cool T-shirt that she’ll grow into.

We asked her after the race if she would do it again next year…she said “No”!

However, later that night she changed her mind and said yes.

How was your weekend?

What was your first race like?

What was your child(ren)’s first race like?