|Picture Courtesy of Daniel Dudek|
Well, it was super hot and I ran all by myself for the first time. I didn't really decide to leave mom, I just didn't want to go slow. There was a time clock at the first mile. It was the fastest I had ever run one mile. 10:07. I felt super good about that time. The hills were tough, but I ran up most of them. At the turnaround a lady put up a sprinkler so all the runners could get wet. It felt really good to cool off. At the halfway point I got a little nervous that no one would be at the finish line to stay with me while I waited for mom. But our friend Norm was there to meet me at the finish line. He wasn't running the race or anything. He just came to cheer us on. I felt super good when I crossed the finish line on my own. I did my best ever PR, 32:07. The End.
ME: What do you like best about running?
LILLI: Its fun and I think it's cool to be a fast runner and hearing everyone cheer for you.
ME: What is your favorite course to run?
LILLI: The Tallmadge Labor Day 5K. Mostly flat with one big hill.
ME: Was it scary running all by yourself?
LILLI: A little bit.
ME: What's Next?
LILLI: I want to be an Olympic marathoner.
ME: Oh really? When do you plan to run your first marathon?
LILLI: Ummm, either when I'm 22 or 17.
ME: What made you decide to take up running in the first place?
LILLI: I don't know. My mom and dad were running and I wanted to try it.
ME: Do you like to run with music.
LILLI: No music!
ME: What is your advice for other runners?
LILLI: Always try your best!
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
Don't eat a lot before you run.
Make sure your shoes are broken in.
Don't hold your breath.
Well, there you have it folks, 5K as seen through the eyes and feet of a 7 year old girl. May we all run as confidently, fearlessly, and joyfully as she does!