If you’ve been following my Instagram feed over the past couple of weeks, you might have seen the odd picture of Amy running around our local athletics field and although it was mainly for fun, it was also to make sure she’d know what to expect when running her first 800 m race this weekend.
We obviously didn’t do anything too crazy, just some casual stretching and running as I’m no expert after all, but I thought it would be a good idea for her to get to figure out the distance she’d be expected to run and low and behold, it really helped her. Some of her friends didn’t manage to run the entire 800 meters without stopping and some of them even quit, but Amy was quite happy doing her thing and running her own race. She was quite a bit slower than during our own little “training sessions” but that was really secondary as the most important thing was that she enjoyed herself and looking at the photos of the day, I think she did.
While the older age groups ran their races, Amy played with her friends and when it was time to race, she had such a great time. My dad took so many pics of her and she was smiling in each and everyone of them – the complete opposite of what I looked like when I had to run as a kid.
In the end, Amy went home with a medal and a trophy as she was the fastest girl in her age group and it was just the cutest thing to witness how incredibly happy she was with her achievement. Her trophy is standing on her desk right now and for some reason, I think it won’t be the last one, but guess what! I’ll proudly polish them all!