September 8, 2012 9:00 AM
Written by Malissa:
Over the summer my friend Joana and I started up a Mother-Daughter running group. We followed the Couch to 5k running plan and met Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to run. Every Tuesday night before our run we would do a small bible study with the girls were we talked about true friendship, wisdom, trust and obedience, prayer, taking care of our bodies, compassion, and being humble.
We started off the summer with five mother-daughter teams in our group but due to busy summer schedules we lost two of our teams. One of our goals was to make running fun for both the girls and moms. Our first night we had a huge water fight!
We also enjoyed running on the beautiful greenway that's not too far from our houses. It helped take our mind off the fact that we were running. The weather was definitely our biggest challenge. We chose to run right as the sun was going down in hopes for cooler weather. It did help some but we were always wondering if that southern evening thunderstorm was going to stop us.
There were days that the girls were tired and complained during the run but for the most part they seemed to really enjoy it. They loved seeing their progress.
We chose to run Camp Care 5k. This race was very special because the proceeds sent kids with cancer to camp. As a parent it was really hard to see so many kids that are battling with cancer but I really wanted our girls to participate in this special race. We met a special girl named Angel, who is battling brain cancer, at the race. She really loved Graycie.
|The girls were really excited to start.|
We were constantly telling the girls to slow down. They were running a crazy faster pace than during any of our practices and we were worried they would fizzle at the end and not be able to finish.
The course was very pretty but a lot of confusing turns.
|Miss thing telling us what way to go.|
|This was on the way to the finish. I love how all three girls feet were off the ground.|