I wanted to think of a way to get my kids involved in my triathlon race and fundraising. I decided what would be better than doing a “mock mini triathlon” for them and some of their friends (that I know are allowed to be recorded and put on YouTube!!!) So the Mini Triathlon came to life. I made them each a race bib (not sure if you can see but they all are some from of 48-Kids FAV #, no clue why!), set the date and Boom! Here we go!
We tried to get the bibs on and line them up for some pics *Not an easy task, it was after 6:30 on a school evening so we were asking for trouble! We did better when we asked them to do something silly or fun-
Like saying, “We are #1!”
Based on timing and well all participants under the age of 6 we didn’t do it in “real triathlon” order. We did the bike, then run, then swim (2 days later!). They had a blast and of course we had some tears (well everyone but 2 I think-Blame it on too close to BEDTIME!!)
So please take a minute and watch this too cute video of my little munchkins and their besties-if it doesn’t make you smile You Crazy!!!!
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First you may ask from the title of this post: What is MRTT? It stands for “Moms Run This Town” cute name huh? It is a local running group (local meaning their are TONS of local groups across the country!) to run with other moms and get support and it is free and easy to join. I have been a member of the Facebook group for almost 3 years but really only participated virtually. If interested check out their website here: Moms Run This Town
So anyway, I did something I have been avoiding for a while. I finally broke out of my comfort zone and got up and met the local moms that run in the early am. 5AM-START. I am NOT a morning person and feel that anything before 6 am is still the middle of the night! But since it was Saturday it was at 6am so I figured it was as good of a time as any.
I was apprehensive because I didn’t know many in the group and I didn’t want to slow anyone down or be the super slow poke. So I am not gonna lie I stressed about it all evening on Friday night. I stressed about the mileage, the weather, what to wear, to carry a water bottle or not, when to wake up and if I should just bail. And I knew I was being ridiculous but hey that’s me and I am way old enough that I now just own it. I debated on not going and doing my usual solo running because I needed to get some miles in but I really didn’t want to be THAT girl either. So I set my alarm and planned to get up and go. I woke up in time and realized I didn’t know where the park was they were meeting at but I easily googled it and made it there with a few minutes to spare.
I pull in the parking lot and NO cars, I got kinda excited and disappointed all at the same time. I check on the FB page quickly to see if it was cancelled but I just wasn’t far enough in the park. I pulled in and there were 4 ladies ready and waiting. So after a couple minutes of chatting another showed up and off we started.
I only had time to do 5 miles (they planned to do 8) but we did 5 1/2 which was perfect. The pace started REALLY fast for me (close to 8MM!) and I felt good thinking-I can do this but close to 2 miles I realized I was going too fast. I slowed down, then slowed some more. I was thinking, “Augh! My nightmare is coming true-I AM the slowpoke!!!” But these women are amazing in all sincerity AMAZING, 2 of them slowed down and ran with me. We finished with about a 10-10:15 pace which for me is the norm but more importantly I ran with people, I even chatted a bit. So overall it was a success and happy to say getting out of my comfort zone is always good. I will definitely go again and push myself to do the 5am meetup Stay Posted!!! Below the a pic after we ran, I didn’t ask the other Mommas if it was OK to post so just feet 🙂
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- Tagged chicago triathlon, comfort zone, moms run this town, mrtt, run, run mama, running for charity, running groups, support, triathlon, triathlon training
This year the kids decided to make Dad some homemade cards (that were very decorative!!) and we made a personal pillow. I found a pillow at Walmart (for $5!!), it was an outdoor decorative pillow which was great because it was a synthetic material so the paint stuck perfectly.While at Walmart I also got some multi surface craft paint (under $1.00) and we were set to decorate our pillow!
The first thing I did was check to make sure the paint would work on the pillow so I made a little dot on the pillow, let it dry then tried to rub it off. It didn’t smudge so we were ready to go!
We did a practice round and I brushed the paint on to their hands, FYI it apparently tickles when this is done 🙂 We practiced on some paper so I could figure out the right amount of paint to put on their hands. Then I did the oldest (Pdawg) first (biggest hand!), then middle man (Mr. J) but when I got to baby girl I didn’t know if I should do hands or feet. She isn’t a fan of things that feel “weird” so she tends to ball her hand up. On the practice try she did good but from past experience I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the risk because I only had one shot with the pillow! So I decided to do her feet instead. She DID NOT like that at all. Poor girl cried the whole time.
I was happy with how the prints turned out but it needed something else. So I wrote each kids initial by their print and added the year and month. Presto DONE!!!
Their Dad loved it Successful Birthday gift complete!
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- Tagged dad, dad gift, family, Father's Day, gift, hand print, handmade gifts, kid crafts, paint, pillow, walmart
Well I have been training for a little over a month for the Triathlon and I would say I am doing OK, I have gotten on the bike a few times (see picture with the kiddos in tow!!)
and have been running regularly improving my time!!! BUT I have yet to even put my toe in the pool. I’m not gonna lie, the Y pool is COLD and the May weather in Ohio hasn’t been cooperating so the thought of getting in a cold pool to then go outside in the cold hasn’t been very motivating. I also had strep (AGAIN!!!) this past month so that set me back a bit. BUT I vow to get in the pool in the next week!!! HAHA I have also said I am getting up at 6am every morning from now on (ask me how that’s going!!!!) but the pool is the least of my worries. I love to swim laps and once I start we will be good to go!!!
My bike has a tune up and I have semi new shoes but I haven’t found my swim cap yet (I THINK I know where my goggles are!). I also need to start to think about what I will wear for the actual triathlon. When I did my first one, I was sooooo unprepared. I believe I kept my swimsuit on the entire time-Holy Chapping!!!! Stay tuned, I need to do some research.
So stay tuned, the husbands birthday is coming up and we gotta do something crafty!!!
Until next time.
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