I decided at the beginning of the year that my word of the year is transformation. Unfortunately the years of living and breathing autism have taken their toll on not only me but every member of our family. We need to take control of what we are eating and exercise more. There is no way around it. No amount of sugar coating can cover the fact that we are a fat family. ( Sorry honey).
With that said, we decided to train to run a half marathon next year. Let me rephrase that . I decided that we are going to train for a half marathon. I simply dragged the rest of the family with me. One way we are doing that is to run a 5k every month. Luckily, we have a lake near us that is the exact mileage of a 5k and has sidewalks. It’s a no brainer to train there a couple of times a week. Michael showed me how to set my phone timer and off we went.
I thought it would be good for the kids if we did an exciting 5k to start off our challenge. Disney hosts the Princess half marathon in February in addition to a Royal Family 5k. I signed us up immediately. Then I announced the goal to the family. Over the groans, I also announced that Disney requires a 16 minute mile or you get picked up and transported to the finish line. Logan thought this was a fantastic idea until I busted his bubble with no medal if you get picked up by the golf cart.
I also made reservations to stay at Port Orleans French Quarter resort for the weekend. You see, the 5k starts at 7 AM. You have to be in your starting corral by 6:30 AM. Have I ever mentioned that I am not a morning person? My brother in law said it best one morning when he saw me wake Madison too early in her opinion. “I see a lot of coffee in her future.” I knew that we were not going to be able to drive an hour from home to be there on time. Plus, my kids think it is oodles of fun just to play at the hotel. They could spend the entire time at the hotel not the parks. Let me clarify that we did go to the parks too lest you think I am the meanest mom ever to take my kids to Disney and not take them into the parks. It’s just that we have seen the parks so often because Michael worked there for so many years that the resorts are more fun to us right now.
A fun fact about us is that Port Orleans French Quarter just happens to be the hotel that Michael and I met at way back in 1992. We had gobs of fun walking around telling the kids about where we worked and all about our dating years. To their credit, both children had enough sense to act interested in our reminiscing.
We ran the 5k in 51 minutes. There were so many people there that you really couldn’t run for any length of time before you ran into a crowd of people that you couldn’t get through. I never thought that running could be so much fun. We laughed and ran and laughed and ran and laughed and ran. You get the picture.
Both children beamed when they were handed their medals. To be honest, the children can run at a better pace than me and could have finished a whole lot sooner. But they stuck with me because we entered as a family and we were gonna finish as a family. I have some really sweet kids.