Tuesday, October 8, 2013

3 miles for the family

Does the family that runs together stay together? Yes and No - we Pluff Mud Kids love our family runs together but sometimes we have to divide and conquer to make an organized run event a success. This past Saturday two members of our family of four participated in the Isle of Palms connector Run while two spectated. One twin wasn't feeling as prepared as we normally are while the other twin took off for the finish line leaving his mother in the dust (with absolutely no hesitation I might add)...

Seeing my son take off like a rocket at the end of 3 hot miles was actually a moment of pure joy that I am happy to share! We all felt that this was the first and last time we would ever split apart as it just didn't feel the same to run without the whole tribe. This run brought to mind three valid PMK tips: 1) if you plan to run a 5k or even run/walk, do allow time to train gently and consistently with your children. Walking with little ones is a great way to enjoy the event too ( as pictured below)...

2) Pick 5ks that mean something to your family. This particular run is one of our family favorites each year because we love this neck of the woods, it's an easy race to park for and exit from, there's always a nice crowd, and it benefits a cause close to our hearts. The 2013 IOP Connector Run benefited Carolina Youth Development Center, Windwood Family Services, Darkness to Light, Mt. Pleasant Rec Department, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Halos, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, The City of Isle Of Palms, and Family Corps. Always let your children know who they're running for. You just can't beat the view and salty breeze...

3) Look at the calendar ahead for runs that appeal to your family. I encourage you to set a budget and pick a few runs to support. The entry fee usually includes a run packet and a t-shirt and water and snacks at the finish line. Beware that "fun runs" and destination runs (ever heard of the Tinker Bell run at Disney?) can become addictive because a 5k often leads to a 10k and then a 1/2 marathon or full marathon! My favorite runs are these gentle family runs however. It's great to have a goal on the calendar that the whole family can work towards.

Here are some links to great upcoming runs the whole family can enjoy: 

This Saturday, October 12, 2014 - Lowcountry Trail half Marathon and 5k at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island. 

Pajama Run 2013 - October 26th at Joe Riley Stadium benefiting the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Also on October 26th, 2013 - Rundead 5k zombie run at Wannamaker County Park. Yikes!

November 9th, 2013 - Fight for Air Run/Walk 10k and 5k at Folly Beach to benefit the American Lung Association 

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday, December 14, 2013

Coming in May 2014, Race the Landing at Charlestowne Landing - fun 5ks in a fabulous setting.

There are many more to choose from in your local area and this blog by Charleston runner David Quick may just keep you ahead of the pack!

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