Monday, March 4, 2013
A 5KFoam Fest With Mud and Awesome Kids
What a lazy Monday... lots to do, but just can't seem to find the energy. I'm afraid I've 'dropped the ball' today on being Super Mom. That seems to be happening a lot lately. I am fairly sure the bulk of it has to do with my garbage diet and being overweight. I need to get back into my "hippie food" and start moving more. Anyway.
This past Saturday was awesome. My youngest daughter Robyn, who is visually impaired and who is on the autism spectrum, was in her first ever 5K mud-run. It's called "Foam Fest", and the idea was to have a 5K run with fun things to do along the way, involving getting either really, REALLY muddy, or really, REALLY foamy! Lots of slip and slides, things to climb over, crawl through, and run and jump through... which left everyone wet, muddy, with foam in their hair and smiles on their faces! All the proceeds went to benefit the Special Olympics, which my daughter is in. The one downfall? It was bitterly cold... the wind chill was 27'... and with the humidity we have here, the cold cut right through you.
Undaunted, my Robyn and her team-mates attended (except for one boy). Each athlete had a chaperone, so there was plenty of help available if needed. The race was not timed... it was all for fun!! Hubby was her chaperone, and she was very happy to have her daddy do this 5K with her. They completed the run in about an hour. Though with everything ... we were there, in that COLD, about 4 hours. And it was worth every bit of it. They had a blast!!
She is already planning to go again next year. Maybe next year, I can do it with my husband and daughter, and it would be great if our eldest daughter did it too.. make it a family thing. I would love that!! She did awesome.. this same girl who HATES getting dirty, has zero balance, and is perpetually afraid of falling, (and does fall, just crossing the room), did this 5K.. she was able to do 90% of it.. and the little bit she was unable to do, she did her BEST at it, and was completely fearless. We are so very, very proud of her!!