Sophie may be a sporty little gal but this will be her or rather our first time taking part in a run together. As parents, we have always encouraged a fit and healthy lifestyle since she doesn’t get to go outdoors much as her childcare is in the CDB area.
Of course, Daddy has been a greater influence in this aspect as he’s the one who’s always keen to let her try new sports unlike this overly protective mum who’s worried she’s going to scrape her knee. And one of the most worthwhile investment which has given her plenty of fun while exercising is the balance bike, a strider, which we bought that goes way back since she was 2 and a half years old.
Over the years, Sophie mastered her strider so well that she can keep up with me when I jog alongside her. Or maybe it’s me trying to keep up with the little speedster.
And just last week, she’s just progressed to her new bicycle and it took her less than 3 attempts to cycle on her own. So mighty proud of my little trooper who’s always game for new challenges.
Besides that she’s also gone for inline skating classes and swimming lessons, both which she enjoys thoroughly.
And now, we’re challenging her to go for her first run at the Cold Storage Kids Run this weekend. I know kids run around all the time but it’s quite another thing for little ones to stay focused and run to complete a race.
In any case we’re really doing this for the experience and not as a competitive event. And of course, we’re looking forward to a fun and healthy way to spend our weekend as a family.
But just to give her an idea of how far 800m feels like, we went for a practice session yesterday. She was panting half way though and even asked how far more she has to run as she began to moan how tired she was and can’t run anymore.
As her cheerleader, I told her to think positive thoughts and got her to say, Yes I can instead. She made a dash for it after she shouted the words like a warrior off to war, shocking the poor elderly joggers besides us as I ran off to chase her and hide my embarrassment.
I got her to keep jogging after that and surprised her when I told her we completed 1.5km. Not bad at all so I’m confident we wouldn’t be the last to complete our Merry Berry mother and daughter race on Sunday.
It does help that I told her she was wearing ultra light running shoes that made her FLY (wonder how long before she calls mummy’s bluff on that). I’m relieved that she likes her new pair of Sketchers shoes which arrived in time before the race.
She’s pretty smug that it has an “S” initial on it with purple glitter (her current favourite colour along with gold because it’s sparkly in her words). If you’re keen to check out the shoes, here’s the affiliate link on Amazon where I bought at a pretty good deal (compared to the retail price here of course).
We’ll be praying for good weather this Sunday and also be staying for the Mega Picnic by AIA where there will be fun activities as well as the promising sports carnival after the race.
Let’s get active and healthy. See you at The Meadow on 17 May!