Friday night Jimmy and I took Olivia and Julie to run a 1 mile race in Holly Springs. After watching the race Leah said, "I want to run! Can you get me some running shoes?" Jimmy and I both said, "sure!" She asked about getting the shoes a few more times, and she even suggested that we get them that night. However, it was too late (the race started at 8:00 p.m.). We had a busy Saturday, but Leah kept asking throughout the day if we could go get her some running shoes. Finally, at 8:30 p.m. we made it to the shoe store and purchased Leah some running shoes! Primrose and pink Nikes! Her first run was up and down the sidewalk outside the shoe store. After her bath that night she put her new running shoes back on and went to bed in them! Before going to bed she announced that she would be running the Coke Race--a 10K! We suggested that she make her racing debut at the Green Street Mile race held in Tupelo on July 4th. She began "training" today. Her sisters took her outside this afternoon and coached her on proper running form and taught her a couple of stretches. She ran, walked and skipped for about 30 minutes (she also took several swinging on the swing set breaks). Toward the end of the training session Olivia measured their time and distance with her GPS watch--.26 miles in 21 minutes. Wow! At that pace she can complete the 1 mile in 1 hour, 20 minutes.
I plan to push Sam in the stroller and jog with Leah in the Green Street Mile. I guess she can ride if she gets tired!
Olivia and Julie did super in the 1 mile race Friday night. They each won 1st place in their age group. See Race Results for their times.