1. Dizzle is really into this whole running thing. On Tuesday, I took her out again to run the mile loop from our house. And about 3/4 of the way in, I realized how much like me she really is - that's when she hit her "wall." (3/4 of the way through is where I want to quit too). But, I told her that she was fine and that she just had to tell herself that she could do it.
So, that's exactly what she did. For the last three tenths of the mile, she repeated over and over, "I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT!" It was pretty much the cutest thing ever. And she finished the mile with a new PR, by 51 seconds.
I instantly gave her a high five and told her how proud I was of her. Then, I immediately followed the cheers with a dose of reality, telling her that if she hadn't wasted so much energy chanting that she could run even faster. Only I would do that ....
2. Since Dizzle is turning into a running machine, I have signed her up for her first race. She is going to run the Richmond Times-Dispatch 1 Mile Kids Run, the Friday of the Richmond Marathon. She is super excited for two reasons. First, I get to run with her and she is all about one-on-one time (plus I can pace her to a killer time). And second, she gets a medal. And if you know anything about Dizzle, you know she's all about the bling ...
3. In addition to her running, Dizzle is also spending a lot of time at school. And she is loving it. She is also loving her prospects for future relationships and marriage. A few days ago, Dizzle, Doodle and I had this conversation ...
Dizzle: "Doodle, you should marry Thomas when you grow up."
Doodle: "NO! I DON'T WANT TO MARRY HIM!"
Dizzle: "Well, when I grow up, I am going to marry James."
Me: "Really? Who's James? Why do you want to marry him?"
Dizzle: "He's in my class. And I like him."
Me: "Oh. Well, is he nice?"
Dizzle: "Yes, he is. Doodle, you should really marry Thomas."
Doodle: "I DON'T WANT TO!"
Dizzle: "Well, I am going to marry James. Or Andrew. Or James. Or Andrew. Mom, how do you choose?"
Me: "Dizzle, I think that you should wait a LONG time before you get married. I was really old before I knew I wanted to marry your daddy. You should probably make up your mind later.
Dizzle: "OK. But, I am going to marry James or Andrew. Doodle? You should marry Thomas."
Doodle: "I DON'T WANT TO MARRY HIM!"
Sometimes, I wonder why I say anything at all ...