Before running season winds down for 2016, I decided to sign up both Logan and Jake for Run Ottawa’s Cookie Run. This race has become quite a popular sell-out event, taking place the first Saturday of November. The funds raised go towards Girl Guides’ travel initiatives, so there are plenty of delicious cookies on site too! Even the medal you get at the end is a cookie! Clearly, this race was tailor-made for my boys- who typically need a good incentive to go for a run. 😉
The night before, Logan excitedly made a sign to hold while we cheered on the 5k and 10k runners. I wanted him to be there to experience the whole race-day vibe, so this was a great idea!
He ended up making a sign that basically cheered on himself ..but it’s the thought that counts. 🙂
The event wrapped up with the kids 1.5k run. Jake was not too thrilled about running when the time came, but Logan really surprised me by saying that he was going to go for it and sprinted off while I stayed behind to help Jake through the course.
Jake did manage to pick up speed when he realized he didn’t want to finish last – taking off while looking over his shoulder, haha. He’s had this stubborn cough that’s been hanging on for about a month now, so he was really quite a trooper.
I’m so proud of Logan and Jake, they did so well! I am so amazed by Logan’s improvements as a runner too, already! This is definitely a race that I will sign us up for again next year!
Here are their results:
In addition to my own races this summer, I also managed to do two with Logan as well!
The first race was the Blackburn Hamlet Fun Run in June. They have some really beautiful trails as part of the 5k course, though we opted for the kids 1k this time. As luck would have it, it was an absolute downpour that morning. I asked the boys if they still wanted to run, throwing in a “C’mon it’ll be fun!” which managed to convince Logan. (He’s always up for something silly!) So we headed out in the rain, ran through wet grass, mud, and the biggest puddles you can imagine! Logan jumped into every puddle and dramatically waded his way through the waters.
He finished his 1k in just under 7 minutes and treated himself to TWO bananas promptly afterwards! Haha! We had a great time!
The second race we participated in together was the 3k Neuro Dash in August. Logan was a bit less enthusiastic about this race as he found it too hot that morning, and so he ended up trudging through most of the race (with me running in crazy circles around him squealing “Let’s go! Let’s run!”). Sipping his water bottle the entire time, briefly switching to the cups at the water station. I loved watching him cross the finish line though, he was so excited and proud when he got that big high five!
This race was also the first time Logan got to meet and chat with a handful of my friends from my Running Room 10k clinic group. It was so awesome to be able to show him the people I run with. Maybe one day he will join us!