Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We Heart Harlie 5K

Location: Glen Allen, VA
Date: 9/30/12
Temperature: 62 degrees
Official Time: 23:55 (7:42 pace)

The Good:

A Worthwhile Cause: This race was established to support Harlie, a classmate of Doodle. She just turned six years old and has had 30 surgeries, four of which were open heart. You can read all about her, her family and her medical conditions HERE. Honestly, I am amazed my the strength and resiliency of this little girl and her family. I can't even fathom the toll that it must take on all of them and I am so happy to have been able to support them, even if it was only a little.

Racing Without Racing: I haven't really been training to run fast, so I decided to just go out and run comfortably. No looking at my watch. No obsessing over my pace. All I wanted to do was to feel like I was working, but not killing myself.

I swear I am faster than I look ...
And it worked, I held a steady pace and finished in 23:55. I was really happy with that.

Watching the Girls Run: There was a half mile fun run for the kids at this race. So, obviously, I signed all my kids up.

Post race with the girls in their Tough Chik tees

Watching/Running with the girls was probably my favorite part of the day.

Doodle ..
Me and Dilly ...
Dizzle ...
The Bad and Ugly:

Wipeout: The fun run was Dilly's racing debut. She was so excited. Right before she started, I took this picture.


Soon after, they were off running. Approximately 50 meters into the race, Dilly faceplanted. She cut up her forehead, cheek, nose and lip. She was bleeding and crying and I felt so bad.

click to enlarge and see the road rash ...

However, being the rock star that she is. She calmed down and finished the race (with me by her side).

15 comments:

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Poor little face planter! I love that she finished. Tough like her mom.

I think it's great that all the girls were matchy matchy!

Marlene said...

Congrats on a great race - "racing" or not!

Oh poor Dilly! What a trooper for finishing. Tough like her Mama!

Kortni said...

Poor thing, but she still looks super cute!

Elizabeth said...

oh, no! poor dilly’s sweet face! awesome race for you for not really pushing it too hard!

Colleen said...

Tonia, I love that you run with those girls and get them involved! :) And look at you rocking out a super fast "I wasn't even trying" 5k!

Dilly is a doll... and what a freaking trooper!

Karen said...

Oh poor Dilly - ouch!!!! They all look so cute in their matching gear!

Pam said...

That is so awesome that she finished her race anyway. I would have gone home and cried. LOL Yeah, I've finished a run after skinning a knee, but DUDE, she skinned her FACE. That's a little different. She earned that Tough Chick shirt!

Andrea H said...

Ohh. Poor Dilly. They all look so cute!

Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

That Dilly! What an inspiration!!! Reminds me not to sweat the small stuff and to keep plugging away!

Liz said...

I ran a 500 metre race with my daughter last week, and running with her was probably the most fun I have ever had running. Awesome.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Poor Dilly.... 'Click to enlarge' too funny!

Caitlin said...

okay, ur girls are ADORABLE!! but i think i like the tough as nails mentality your little one demonstrated even more! gotta love a kid who gets up and troopers on like a rock star! :)

Jenn @ A Runners Road said...

Based on the photo, I run for lolipops too! What a little trooper!! Great job to all!

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