Over the past few six months my son has been regularly participating in kid road races. This newest activity has brought out the full-on “Mom Crazy” in me. I have been practicing my best inner Sally (you’ll get it once you read my other blogpost) and recently it has been elevated to the next level. Nathanael has asked to compete in his first trail race. Queue up the unicorns and rainbows, my kid wants to be a trail runner!
After all the fairy dust settled, my nerves started to kick in. I had begun to think about my very first trail run (and yes, I have a blogpost for that) along with the digger I took, because I wasn’t paying attention to the ground. My mommy nerves played on all morning leading up to the The Finally Spring 5K and Kid’s Mile, in Manchester, Connecticut. I had run this relatively flat course already, last year, but I still managed to have visions of my son taking some spills on the trail. The butterflies temporarily disappeared when I saw Nathanael greet his grandpa and uncle at the starting line, since the race was in my old hometown.
The kids run was up first and my son set his mark with the rest of the one-mile trail racers. Even though my mommy nerves were going haywire, I calmly told him to watch the ground and the adults pointing which way to go along the course. The organizer also repeated my instructions, to the kids, and then, BANG went the starter’s pistol to begin Nathanael’s first trail run…
…and, so did my racing heart.
Unless you hike up to a spot along the trail course, spectators wont see the racers until they come to the finish line, which translates to The-Longest-Wait-Ever for this Mom Crazy lady! Some minutes later, the crowd started to cheer the first kid running in and then we spotted Nathanael. With my biggest Sally yell, I cheered on my son all the way to his finish, at 9:34! I, then, spotted the dirt and leaf patches on him.
I instinctively checked his head, his eyes, took his pulse and blood pressure, to see if my son was suffering from a concussion. Nathanael sported his best sassy eye-roll and assured me that he was OK. “I just ran over some rocks and fell. I walked a little after that, but I’m fine mom!”
Oh, is that all?
I then realized that he was fine. Nathanael learned his lesson all on his own and walked it off until he was ready to run again, just like what I had done on my first trail race. And also like myself, I’m confident my son will always look out for the rocks, along the trail, from now on.
It was then my turn to go and run the 5K course. I passed the finish line at 36:11 (at a 10:54 pace) with my family cheering me on. Nathanael ran up to show me a glass mug he won for placing top 10! This kid amazes me. He runs. He falls. He walks…and then he still manages to crush my pace. I totally want to be him when I grow up (wink).
The family all went out to the local favorite burger joint, called Shady Glen (known for their crispy cheese), to celebrate! At lunch, Nathanael announced that he wants to do more trail runs and, I quote, “just like my mom”.
I couldn’t be more Mom Crazy about that.
I have done a search for New England trail races that the whole family can enjoy, during the spring months. I have them listed below if you are looking to get your little ones running along side you – or in my case, trail-blazing right by! If anyone else knows of a kids trail race that is not listed, please me know.
Rescue Run – Race For the Marine Mammals
Saturday, April 22nd, Rye, NH (5K Trail Run & Kids Run)
Pittsford Trail Run
Saturday, April 29th, Pittsford, VT (5K & Kids Run)
Chesterfield Fun Run
Saturday, May 6th, Chesterfield, NH (10K, 5K Trail Run & Kids Run)
Medved Madness Trail Race
Sunday, May 7th, Honeoye Falls, NY (15M Solo, 15M Relay, Kids Run)
Stenger Fun Run
Sunday, May 21st, Waterford, CT (1.4 Trail Run)
Powisset Farm Trail Run – Spring
Monday, May 29th, Dover, MA (8.8M, 6.1M, 1.5M & Kids Run)
4 Seasons Series Of KCT – Spring
Saturday, June 3rd, Kennebunkport ME (Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5k & Kids Run)
Whiteface Sky Races
Saturday, June 8-9th, Wilmington, NY (Sky Race, Vertical K, Kid’s Sky Climber)
North Face Endurance Challenge
Saturday, June 10th, Princeton, MA (50M, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay Trail Run & Kids Run)
North Face Endurance Challenge
Saturday, June 11th, Princeton, MA (1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K Trail Run & Kids Run)
6th Annual Ray Cherenzia Back Road Ramble
Sunday, June 11th, Charleston, RI (5.8M, 2.7M Trail Run & Kids Run)