Baby, I was born to run

boosterthon run

So while there is plenty of time left in the school year, we are on the downside so that means lots of fun stuff for us to do at school, e.g., field trip, field day, and the Boosterthon Fun Run. The Boosterthon Fun Run is something I look forward to because I’m not all that great at basketball and and soccer like my other friends so I usually don’t play those with them or at least not when there are a lot of kids playing. But I know I can run. I may not be the fastest, but I can get my Forrest Gump on and run for days.

The Boosterthon Fun Run is where I get people to pledge a certain amount based on how many laps I run around a 1/16 of a mile track. Don’t worry, I won’t lose my college sports eligibility for taking money for sports performance. No, the school uses this money to invest in our educational tools. This year, it was for technology which is going toward more iPads for the school because (queue the violin) do you know how challenging it is to learn by only using textbooks and workbooks that are….printed?? The other schools in the district tease us and tell us when we think of a good comeback to send them a letter because we can’t access our email at school….sniff, sniff….oh the humanity…..#1stWorldProblems….forget Jerry’s Kids or Sally Struthers (dated references??), host a telethon for our suburban, predominantly upper middle class school. In all seriousness, the goal is a great one – it is to help better our ability to work with technology in a world that continues to make technological jumps at the speed of light and prepares us to be contributors instead of spectators.

Last year, as a kindergartener, I ran 44 laps which works out to be 2-3/4 miles. So since I’m a 1st grader now, there was no way I could do less than last year.  My goal is always to do better than what I have done before – it may not always be the best in the world, but it gets me closer to my best every time. Besides, my fan club doubled in size since last year so there was no way I could put in a sub-kindergarten effort. This year, my grannie and aunt were there to cheer me on in addition to mommy and daddy. So how did I do? 46 laps baby! That’s 2-7/8 miles.

Mommy and daddy said I did awesome and since I enjoy running so much, they want to start running with me regularly to train for a race. Bring it because to paraphrase The Bossbaby I was born to run (again with the dated reference, huh??).

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I’m going the distance

Friday was our annual Boosterthon Fun Run to raise money for our school so that we can be safer. The goal is to run 35 laps that are 1/16 of a mile long in about 45 minutes. We had to get people to pledge a certain amount of money per lap (or a flat fee). This was obviously the first year for me to run this so I didn’t really know what I could do. My goal was to do my best and outrun everyone.

So the morning comes and it is a near-freezing 37 degrees outside and I’m thinking I will freeze to death before I run 2 laps, but I quickly manned up and said I can do this. Besides, I knew mommy and daddy were going to be there to mark laps on the kids so I knew they would warm me up if I started turning blue. Turns out that after I started running I started to get warm and even thirsty.

So the start of the race is announced and I get my Forest Gump on and run like the wind blows…1 lap down…I got this….4 laps…no sweat…10 laps….no problem….16 laps…starting to get a little tired here….20 laps….real tired here…22 laps….I’m tired, but I will not give up – let’s go….26 laps….30 laps – that was the school’s goal, but I’ve got more to go…32 laps….35 LAPS, but I’m not finished because my goal was to outrun everyone….40 laps….41…42…43 laps and the time is up. 2-1/2 miles later and I didn’t stop, they had to stop me.

I didn’t outrun everyone, but I do know that mommy and daddy didn’t see more than 2 kids with more laps than me from what they were marking so I did outrun most and more than I thought I could so I’m proud of that, but I can still get better…..bring it on Boosterthon 2014!

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