Like all good 5Ks, I signed up on race day with a few other crazy friends like me and then headed to the dollar store to get some festive accessories. This was the 20th running of the Reindeer Romp 5K in Havertown that benefits the American Cancer Society in honor of Brandon Lake. Besides supporting a good cause, this race was within walking distance of where we live.
The kid wanted to race too, and she thought she could win her age group that is usually 12 and under and not the official 19 and under age group for this race. I didn’t say anything, but told her to run her race and to have fun. Her friend was running her first ever 5K with us, so the kiddo decided to run/walk the race with her. That was a good plan, and she stayed with her friend the whole way.
My race plan was to keep the girls comfortably ahead of me in case they needed anything. I underestimated how fast ten year olds can sprint though. Every time they saw me when they glanced in my direction, those two took off sprinting uphill.
The kiddo got a PR of 30:50 for the 5K that included walking when she wasn’t sprinting. She didn’t place in her age group, but now she’s determined to win her age group next year: she wants that piggy bank stuffed with bills. So far, her goal is to run a 10K this summer and get another PR in the 5K. Next time, she’ll actually train for the 5K and not run it on a whim. For a whim though, 30:50 isn’t too shabby for a little kid.