Run the Race

For the past 4 years of my life, I’ve called myself a runner. But even as I type that out, I almost feel like it’s a title I don’t deserve. I haven’t always been faithful to my “hobby” and I haven’t always loved it either.

I started as an almost 30-year-old couch potato who needed an outlet. I had a few friends who were runners or starting to run and it seemed like a simple & inexpensive hobby (HA!) so I gave it a try too.

Whatever it was, it worked. It was exactly what I needed at that time in my life and apparently it still is. I’m not exactly sure how man races I’ve run, but I do know they stretch from 1 mile to 13.1 miles in length. And I don’t have an exact count of how many miles I’ve logged, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that number was over 1,000.

Some of those miles have been fast & easy, others have been slow and painful, but they have all been memorable.

Now, fast forward to the summer of 2017…

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Joplin Memorial Fun Run {2016}

One of my favorite Newman family traditions is to have the girls run the Joplin Memorial Run Fun Run. So, adding it to our spring bucket list almost felt like cheating. But I think we all add things to our lists we know we’ll do. The run is always the Friday evening before the big race and the girls look forward to it for months.

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They were beyond excited that race day was finally here and as always, they humored me by letting me take some pre-run photos. I just love seeing them all dolled up like mini-me’s. Some things will just never get old. 

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The plan this year was for Russ to run the race with Emily again and Marissa to take off by herself. Of course that leaves me to do what I love to do, take photos. But I can’t take credit for all of these shots. A few of them were taken by my father in law and some others by the official race photographers. Three people taking pictures definitely made it hard to pick the ones to share with you today.

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We also saw our friends Jonathan and David there. We hadn’t seen them in what felt like ages so it was a pretty happy reunion. 

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I never let the girls wear the race shirt to the race. My main reason for that can easily be seen in this photo. They are SO much easier to spot. 

Before the race I gave Marissa permission to go wherever she wanted in the line-up I was pretty shocked to see that she found her way pretty close to the start of the pack. She isn’t really a vocally competitive girl but I am seeing a bit of a competitive spirit spark up in her.

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Emily on the other hand is pretty happy hanging towards the back of the pack with dad. She is just the happiest little runner I know (still). She treats fun runs like a parade, leaping and waving along the way. Not much has changed for her since last year. 

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Out and back Marissa ran her mile in a hair over 8:30. Two minutes faster than last year. I could seriously watch this girl run ALL day long. She always looks so strong, graceful, and effortless out there.

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A few minutes later along came our sweet EE, still smiling and waving.

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The JMR 2016 kids run was once again a great time

Sharing all about the #JMR #funrun in today's blog post. I just love my little #runner girls. Click To Tweet

You can check out our 2015 recap here and our 2014 recap here for a bit of a throwback.
I can’t even believe how much those girls have grown over the past two years.

Have you done a fun run with your kid(s) yet?!
I would highly recommend adding it to your summer bucket list!

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