Thursday, October 04, 2007

Little Footsteps



"I'm going to run every morning, just like Daddy"

When Haiden uttered this phrase over breakfast, Kiera turned to me almost immediately and said, "That has to go in the blog." We unwittingly created a bit of a monster after deciding it would be a good idea to get our daughter a running outfit to balance out the cheerleader outfit a friend gave her for her birthday. After trying it on she asked to go for a run the next day (today) as she was getting ready for bed the evening before.

Sure enough, at 5am sharp she came bounding into our room. After waking us up she asked to borrow Kiera's iPod for her run. After begging her to go back to sleep, she crept back a few minutes later, undeterred. Finally, after I got back from my own easy 5 miles, Haiden suited up for her 100 mile run. It's always 100 miles to her, don't ask me why. Finn of course wanted in on the action too, so the photos are of the start of the race around the cul-de-sac. We all ran two laps, which is a pretty good trip for Finn and his little legs. Afterwards there was sports-drink, which seems to be the main reason they run. Haiden also announced she needed a special hamper just for her dirty running clothes (dad's special hamper is a bathtub until it cools down enough for the clothes not to stink so badly). All in all, it was a pretty amusing morning.

Training: 5.5 miles, 38:18, 6:55 pace

13 comments:

Greg said...

My daughter just started in a soccer league, and if you ask what her favorite part of soccer is, she will always say the water breaks.

Way to start 'em young.

Thomas said...

That is so cute! Cian, my youngest, has announced several times that he is about to go running every morning too, but he hasn't made it past the announcement state yet.

brian said...

100 miles was j's answer last time he was asked how far daddy should run. He's wanted to have a lot of running races lately, so we're planning on entering him in the kid's k at a 5k I'm running at the end of October.

running faster with arthur lydiard said...

wishing you a good run this weekend.
on race day:
keep a strong positive frame of mind,and run with a sense of joy in your heart.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

That's awesome! Very cute with them running together like that. I especially like how she has to have her own place for her running outfit just like daddy. Amazing the things they pick up on and follow, huh?

Good luck at the race!

runmad said...

Good luck on Sunday.

brian said...

And Mike--nice beard, but unfortunately I don't think you'll need it to keep your face warm this weekend.

eric said...

Cute story. Good luck this weekend. We anxiously await the results and the race report! Run smart, run fast.

RHall said...

Mike,

what shoes are you wearing there? Not adrenalines or ds-trainers?

Mike said...

Thanks all for the good wishes. It's funny how many of us have kids going through the same things these days.

RHall, I've switched from the Adrenalines to the Asics Gel Stratus, which is a neutral cushioned trainer. It has less of a heel drop than the Adrenaline, and it's closer in feel to the DS-Trainers I race in. I've been trying to get out of the whole stability shoe plus insole thing for awhile now, and the Stratus is the first shoe that has fit well enough and felt good. Plus, they're only $80.

Phil said...

You've got an ultra-marathoner in the making.

Loved the photos.

duncan lardkin said...

Mike, best of luck this weekend. You're in tip-top shape. Use positive imagery techniques...after every mile marker, tell yourself that you're going to do it. You will. When the demons come as they will around miles 18-22, pick them off your back like lice. Go out slow and ease into it. You know all this; now go make it happen.

Amanda said...

That is awesome! I don't have kids, but I have images that if I do they'll want to run because I do it every day...and I think that's so cool.