Thursday, February 13, 2014
Welcome to 2014!!!
Sorry, I've been MIA. I haven't really been running any races so far this year and I've been trying to figure out what my race calendar is going to look like. When I started running in 2012 that was my year of mud runs/obstacle courses, 2013 was a year of half marathons, what should 2014 look like???
I'm not quite ready for a full Marathon yet, I'm leaving my first one to be something really special, but again not sure again what that will look like, but what I do know is that I will run one either towards the end of this year or the beginning of next. I cannot go back on that now, can I, since it in writing and all?
I'm really seriously considering going back home (that's Estonia) this year, lots is changing there. If you haven't heard the big news yet, I'm going to be an AUNT!!! I'm so excited, my little baby niece is going to be born somewhere around May and I would love to see and hold her. Also some sad news that I got is that my Grandpa is not doing very well and it would be an honor for me to have him see Chase. He is the sweetest, most selfless person I have ever met. Shhh... don't tell my Mom, this is not at all 100% and I really don't want to get her hopes up. If you think that she can just find out from here, I don't think so, she can't speak or read English, thankfully!
I really want to get my son involved in running and in some races. So far we have done the 12K of Christmas kids race in Kirkland, WA. That was really fun, super cold, but it was less than a mile and we went for a hot coco at Starbucks afterwards, so he was a happy camper.
On February 2nd we did the Mill Creek YMCA kids 1 mile run. This one was really fun, also super cold, however they had a place for people to wait inside, they had hot coffee, tea and donuts. Since it fell on Groundhogs day, they had balloons shaped like groundhogs (more like cats, but whatever), if you found a groundhog during the race and got a picture from him, you could turn it into a little prize at the finish line. At the end they had a finishers certificate and a ribbon for all the kids 1 mile finishers. Bananas, water and energy bars galore for all the finishers. I would definitely recommend this race for all the little ones, they did have a 5 miler and a 5K as well. This kids race did cost $15, but this was the best $15 ever spent, it came with a tech shirt in a kids size, a goody bag filled with stuff: a brooks watch, brooks headband, brooks water battle, brooks pins, brooks drawstring backpack and lots of coupons. They did run out at the end, I would recommend to get there a little bit earlier, I would have been bummed if I missed out on that.
I also signed him up for a Valentines day race, however this was located at the Green Lake Park in Seattle and we could not find parking for the life of it and we missed the race :( Super sad, lesson learned though, next time give myself a lot more time if we are doing any more races in Seattle, parking sucks there anyway and then add an event to it, its a 1000 times worse. Oh well, maybe next year.
If you have any suggestions for great kids races in the Seattle area, please comment below!!!!
Keep on running.... with your kids!