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March 12, 2006

Emily runs her first race!

Emily participated in the Adidas Junior River Run. As the start of the race neared, Emily was still in line to have her face painted. She wasn't leaving that line she had stood in for 30-40 minutes until she had a butterfly on her cheek. It wasn't helping, as Pete noted, that the kids in front of her wanted the Last Supper painted on their face. Finally, the butterfly was on the cheek and it was time to line up for the race.

Emily had never done anything close to running a mile. I had her run some laps in the backyard in the past, but she was always tired after 2 or 3. Of course, the motivation to run the race was the fact her buddy Maddy was running it with her Dad. The gun went off and Emily started running. I told her to slow done and pace herself. I held her hand for a little while, and then she got into a rhythmn. Maddy had to stop and walk for a bit, but Emily kept motoring on. Near the halfway point, Emily decided to walk a little. Then she held my hand for a while, and for a couple of stretches, was really hanging onto my arm. But she kept moving along, slowing down every now and then to walk. I told Emily to pump her arms and shake her booty. She thought this was really funny and resulted in a burst of speed. Near the finish line she saw her Mommy and Uncle Pete. This really turned on the jets and then then finish line was in sight and she wasn't going to slow down until she crossed the finish line. Finish time was 11:42, a time that her Mommy would be hard pressed to beat.

Emily's spoils for running the race included a t-shirt, a coupon for a Wendy's Frosty, a Publix backpack, and an adidas lunch bag. Very fancy.

Congratulations Emily on your first race! I am very proud of you.