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.


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

Lilly valley harvest pre race

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!


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}.

valley harvest 2

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!

PicMonkey Collage

Left – before race = Happy.

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

Right – Lilly and Mommy

LILLYS medal valley harvest 2013

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?


Happenings around here lately…

I’m sure happy to see Friday roll around again. Being on maternity leave you tend to forget what day it is because everyday is pretty similar to the last one. It’s been a long two weeks in this house – we’ve all been sick; battling head colds and the croup, Maclean has recovered from her surgery and Sai has been away. TWO busy busy weeks for me.

With the help of my Dad, last weekend I played 5 soccer games! Yup, five games. We were in a tournament and it was great to be back playing again. We also spent a little bit of time at the playground in between games.  I was surprised that my fitness was really good and I wasn’t hurting on the field but then I ached in the evenings. I was hoping to run most of this week but with a sick baby all my focus was on her.

Soccer playground fun

Sometimes it’s hard being parents…okay it’s hard a lot of the time but you get through it, move on and do it again the next day. I’m exhausted at the end of most days and just manage to get the dishes done, some laundry folded and then I crash.

Sometimes I raise my voice at Lilly. And yes, yes, I feel super guilty but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t raise my voice at her. Three year olds are hard work….they can talk back, they don’t listen except when it involves their favourite food and they can have the BIGGEST tantrum over the smallest thing: example – Hilary looked at me, said Lilly one day crying hysterically. Oh yeah!

Anyway, I’ve had a few days of feeling like a bad parent and then I came across this video and had to share. It me feel better, slow down and just enjoy the time I have left on my maternity leave.

Back to Friday….it means that we are only one day away from Lilly running her first EVER race! 400 meters with a few of her friends. I’m just slightly excited. Then on Sunday I run 5k in the morning; both races are at the Valley Harvest Marathon. After I run, we’ll be heading to Halifax for Thanksgiving dinner…yum yum!

Yesterday I went apple picking with Lilly’s day care … these are the days I love being a parent!

Apple picking Oct 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my fellow Canadians this weekend. Eat lots, drink a little (or a lot), get outside with your family and enjoy *fingers crossed* the lovely weather they are predicting!

What are your plans this weekend?

Anyone running this weekend?

What are your Thanksgiving plans ?

(You can answer this too if your from the US….what will you do in November for Thanksgiving?)

AND – don’t forget about My Race Ragz Giveaway!