Push Away the Screen: Iron Girl Clearwater 5k Recap

by jennifer17. April 2014 15:31

For the 2nd consecutive year, my oldest daughter and I were up way before the sun to #PushAwaytheScreen and participate in the Iron Girl Clearwater 5K & Half Marathon. We did the 5K as a mother/daughter team.

Last year we actually ran most of the race. This year we decided to walk most of the race and just talk. As mom to the #TampaTrio, the opportunity for some 1:1 time is hard to come by, so we made the most of it!

We looked for friends in the 1/2 marathon corral, we took selfies, and we made new friends!

This is a new friend I made because I recognized her CrossFit 14 shirt. I can find CrossFit friends anywhere.

Haley felt it necessary to do a little pre-race stretching. Always good to stretch.

 

And soon we were off! We remembered the course from last year and knew when we made it to the top of our Florida Mountain that we would be at 1 mile.

We made it to the top of the bridge and there was no 1 mile sign. But there was the Best Damn Cheer Squad.

Haley was confused why there were men with their shirts off screaming and holding signs. She's only 10, so not quite ready to fully appreciate all the Best Damn Cheer Squad has to offer. Tongue Out

We ran down the bridge and I knew that there would be water at the bottom. Thankfully there was because Haley was thirsty!!

 

We made a quick off-course detour to some port-a-potties that were on the opposite side of the road, and then began our climb back up the Florida Mountain. At the top there was the 2 mile marker! We were so close to being done!

We came down that mountain and knew we had just less than a mile to go!! We continued to hold hands, chat about school, friends, our upcoming summer vacation to Jekyll Island and before we knew it, we were approaching the finish line!

But not before the 1/2 marathon leader came swooping down in front of us with her police escort. It was so cool. She was so fast and Haley and I just looked at each other in shock. And then we saw the finish chute!

We have a rule in our house. No matter how much of the race we walk, we MUST run through the finish chute!

Ahhhh....FINISHED!!

Haley was very happy to find the Aqua Sphere water mister!!

But she was sort of ambivalent about the mascot from the Clearwater Threshers.

We did it! We were Iron Girls!

I tracked our walk with the new Samsung Galaxy S5, and I'm happy to report that the pedometer function was spot on for Iron Girl. This distance includes our walking to the expo, the race, and then walking back to our car!

We didn't stay for the post-race breakfast, or any of the awards. I didn't even stay to find my 1/2 marathon friends. I had a ton of yard chores calling my name, so we needed to head home. Maybe next year we'll be able to do the 1/2 marathon as a mother/daughter team.

Have you even done an Iron Girl Race? Have you been part of a mother/daughter team??

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Jenny

Comments (8) -

Lora
LoraUnited States
4/17/2014 4:35:51 PM #

It was a beautiful day for a race and it looks like you both enjoyed it! Glad you had fun! Smile

Danielle
DanielleUnited States
4/17/2014 6:47:37 PM #

How awesome! This looks like so much fun. I've never done an Iron Girl race but now I want to keep an eye out for one.

Chrysa
ChrysaUnited States
4/17/2014 7:52:32 PM #

It looks like you had a lot of fun.  I have never done an Iron Girl race (or heard of one), but I used to love to do 5Ks!

OurFamilyWorld
OurFamilyWorldUnited States
4/18/2014 9:40:18 AM #

What an awesome bonding experience and family fitness activity! Looks like a great event.

Kasandria Reasoner
Kasandria ReasonerUnited States
4/18/2014 4:52:39 PM #

What an amazing fun way to spend time with your daughter and be healthy. I need to do more of these.
Kas

Jennifer Medeiros
Jennifer MedeirosUnited States
4/18/2014 5:12:44 PM #

What a wonderful way to bond with your daughter! Good for you two for doing something so healthy!

Jennifer Medeiros
Jennifer MedeirosUnited States
4/18/2014 5:13:18 PM #

Good for you and your daughter to do something so healthy. What a great way to bond with one another!

Kathleen Kennedy-Leon
Kathleen Kennedy-LeonUnited States
4/18/2014 6:29:06 PM #

I have to say how impressed I am that you did this as a Mother / Daughter team--that's awesome, fun and getting to make some great memories in addition to staying fit.  Congrats and keep up the great work Smile

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