Speaking of running and favorites. My favorite girl has taken up running. I know by saying "favorite" it seems to imply she is one of many but no, she is the only one. After the holidays when both of us were busting out of our fat pants, I started training for races and she joined her college gym. She started taking gym classes and got on the treadmill and started running. She's no stranger to running having run track in high school but she is new to distance having specialized in the 100 meter dash. When I first met her here in London last Fall I didn't know this little fact and was always surprised when she would out sprint me to the bus. Not that I'm fast or anything but she would out sprint me on her flats:) As far as I can tell she's enjoying herself. She ran her first 10k last month and two Sundays ago I ran with her on her first 15k race. It was quite a treat for me as it was our first race together and my first running event in the UK, win - win right? It was a great time especially since Finsbury park had rollers in it; truly, I was surprised too. If it was closer I'd put in some laps on that park too. It was three loops of a 5k course and the event also offered the 5k and 10k distances.
Masha had fun but lack of training because of school, lack of sleep because of school and her first crack at the distance left her a bit disappointed with her time. She can be so hard on herself but I told her to look at the bright side, she can only do better once she gets back into her running after her papers are done. I try to give her running advice but I don't think she really listens to me. She looks up to Larissa though so maybe I just have Larissa call her and give her advice:) Ah well, it's her own journey of self-discovery. She will learn her own lessons, make her own mistakes despite all the caution and advice I give her but she will also reap her own rewards as she has done so already. She survived her first 10 and 15k and now she doesn't think it's that big of a jump to the 21k / Half-Marathon distance. I did tell her to spend more time at the shorter distances first though. No rush needed for the longer distances but as I mentioned, she doesn't really listen to me. It's her not so secret desire to beat me at a race, she's told me so.
Enjoy the pictures. I have more stories from the UK coming up!