Run A Race
In June, there was the Summer Track Series where there was a kid's track races (with/without sibiling/adult participation), run by some local running gurus. I had inquired before about training programs, but got a lukewarm response. The tagline for these races was "runners of all abililites welcome"--which, I guess, meant kids that could run. Well, Elena CAN run. Needless to say, we weren't what they were expecting. We showed up and registered. Everyone would get a ribbon at the finish of each race. My only request was that Elena and Vivian ran in different heats (I didn't want competition between siblings). They ran by age. That's no big deal--in all honesty, Elena would be last in almost any age range. That is okay. I just wanted to her to finish, and be proud of herself.
Viv's 100m dash!
Elena's 100m dash!
In the past, E has normally taken 5-6x as long as her peers. Her 100m dash time is 3-4x, so that's a huge improvement!!
We also entered the parent/child 2x400. I thought it was a 2x200 when I signed up for it, so I panicked at race time--we ended up doing a special race where Jason and I (paired with Vivian and E, respectively) did a 600/200 race, with the kids doing the second leg. Needless to say Jason and I were the slowest adults at the meet. But, I thought, that was a good example for the kids--we had a great time, no matter the place. Having E and Viv do 200m vs. 400m was a good move--they ended up finishing just behind there peers, but they could still see them and were obviously in the same race. Everyone got a ribbon, and the girls were very happy! And a special thanks to the kids who came up to Elena after her race(s) and told her "hey, good race!". Class acts, those kids!
Play in a Sprinkler
Elena has never been through a sprinkler until now. The difficulty with water, no shoes, grass, and no handholds is enough of a problem--never mind the fact that we don't have a sprinkler. Thanks to Pinterest--we decided to make one--and make an event of it. Introducing...
The Kid Wash!
|E likes it!|
|everyone wants a turn through the wash (even parents)|
After phase one, we broke out the slip n' slide! Most of the kids liked it--it was hard for Elena to take a running start, so she had help.
|big thanks to Antonio to keeping the slide smooth|
Phase three was popsicles...total success!
Elena is learning more of the actual riding portion during hippotherapy--here is E's most recent development--posting!
At the end of her lesson, Viv normally gets a short ride. This time, they got to ride tandem...what a sweet treat!
|Viv is beside herself|
|smiling the whole time|