Saturday, October 20, 2012
2012 Cupcake Classic 5K Virtual Race Report
I few weeks ago, I registered for the fabulous Run with Jess' 2nd Annual Cupcake Classic 5K (HERE). Jess is a relatively "local" blogger and the 5K helps reward all of us that try to lead active and healthy lifestyles for our families. Jess was running a small race in Illinois, but thousands (yes thousands) of us were running a "virtual" 5K anytime this week.
Little Diva has been training for her first 5K (three weeks away!!) through the local Girls on the Run program. Her little friend has been following the program at another location. And, the mother is one of my Couch to 5K participants. With everyone training for their big events, I thought it would be a fun idea to run this virtual race together - have fun with it - and see where everyone was at with their training. And, there is no better way to motivate two eight-year-old girls than with cupcakes.
I printed off our race bibs and picked out some pink cupcakes at the grocery store. Not exactly Cupcakery quality -- but yummy, pretty and pink.
Little Diva and I dressed in similar ensembles. The leopard print skirts were worn by both of us at the Disney Princess Half Marathon events, back in 2010. We were both somehow still able to squeeze in them two-and-a-half years later ... LOL!!
We decided to ride our bikes over to the next neighborhood, to meet our friends at the "start line". Little Diva loaded up her bike basket with the cupcakes. They encountered some bumps along the way -- but yummy pink cupcakes are yummy pink cupcakes.
We met our friends and started with a warm up walk. It was 8:30 am and a bit chilly. We encouraged the girls that they would be warming up quickly -- and all the more reason to run -- and run fast to get those cupcakes. We ran and walked through the two neighborhoods. It took us 54 minutes to complete our route. We cooled down with a walk and some stretching. Well, actually the moms stretched. The girls ran inside to down their cupcakes. Cupcakes for breakfast; I can't blame them.