Wednesday, April 18, 2012

4th Grade Does the McBride Mile

For those of you not from our city, we have an elementary school named McBride, it's where students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades attend.  As part of physical fitness tests each year, children have to run one mile.  Last year, I didn't attend the McBride Mile as I knew I wasn't able to run a mile and thought I would only hurt my daughter's time.  She ran it in about 20 minutes, which is more like walking.  Don't get me wrong, my daughter is very capable of doing anything that she WANTS to do.  As a six year cheerleader and five years playing both basketball and softball, I would tend to think she would have been faster than that.

My husband is never off on Wednesday because that's when his Boss is off, but today he just happened to be off.  To Lyssa's joy and delight, her daddy was going to do the McBride Mile with her.  So, to the school we went.
Lyssa entering the stadium
Walking out to the starting point
and they are off
Here they coming walking 
Her daddy is SO good with motivation and he had her doing intervals of 45 seconds of running and 15 seconds of walking.
She thought she would show out for the camera
and leave Daddy in the dust
The home stretch
with a finishing time of 11:27, I'm very proud
it's over
Baby AJ is ready to go
 Now, I'm the first one to admit that I don't actually know the reason for the "McBride Mile" and why the school has parents involved, but I know as a motivation it really helped Lyssa today.  I like that it encourages parents and kids to run together, to exercise together, to compete against each other, and to stay active.  I am hoping to be able to do the McBride Mile with Lyssa next year, since it will be her last year at McBride.  Her time may not be 8 minutes like some, but she did her best and ran with her Daddy.  She also shaved almost 9 minutes off last years "walking" time.

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