Running Tot

"With her Milo singlet on, she borrowed my orange do-rag, put it over her braided pig tail,  put on her ANGRY BIRD shoes and "run like an ANGRY KENYAN"!"
Since February after the whole family first joined a fun run and her first official race, she had been asking when she will be racing again.  She was seven years old then.  The family is quite surprised by her reaction.  They thought that after the agony of waking up very early in the morning and then making her run three kilometers would make her dislike running.  But to everybody’s surprise, her only disappointment then was that she didn’t get a medal while her Kuya got one.  The medals were for the first one hundred finishers.  She told everybody that the reason why she did not finish early is because her mom did not allow her to sprint a lot which is true.  The family joined the said run for pure fun.  Except for the Sunday leisure walks in the park that usually end with eating breakfast, there was no training for her prior to that run.

Last July 2011 when her father and mother joined the 35th Milo Marathon Eliminations, she expressed her interest to run again.  However, her parents will be running on a separate distance categories and it was both their first time joining a Milo Marathon.  Her parents wanted to run seriously and set a personal record, so no one will pace with her in the lower category.  She was disappointed but look forward to her parent’s promise that she will be joining the Milo run by December 2011.

Come November, she was jumping in delight upon knowing that she is finally registered in the 3K fun run of the 35th Milo Marathon National Finals and excitedly fitted her singlet.  She often talks about it to people and to her teachers.  On the few weekends that the whole family is free from commitments she jogs along with the family and run at least 2 kilometers. 

Probably out of excitement, she slept a little late the night before the race.  Her mom just silently smiled at the thought of  "like mother like daughter”.  At dawn time of the event date, she can barely open her eyelids due to sleepiness.  She put on her Milo singlet and particularly told her mom that she wants to borrow her mom’s orange do-rag.  She put on the do-rag over her braided pig tail, put on her ANGRY BIRD shoes and "run like an angry Kenyan" during the race.
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She doesn’t mind waking up in the dawn and prepare for a run nor, she gets intimidated running with older and bigger people than her.
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She’s smart and makes observations about the race, counts the kilometers she finished and keeps in mind how many more kilometers and turns before she reach her goal.
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She is confident that she can outrun anybody including her mom as long as she be allowed to sprint all the time.
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She is amazed that there are free drinking water everywhere and commented that running people looks happy and that they don’t look tired. She said that she's not tired as well.
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And again, just like her mother, she gathers more strength at the site of the FINISH LINE and sprints for it so she can grab her certificate!
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Meet the little runner Loiz.  My running tot at eight.  She just finished a 3K Milo Marathon race and she’s very proud of it!
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“A Daughter is a Little Girl who grows up to be a Friend”
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”The child must know that she is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like her”… Pablo Casal
”If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings”… Brian Tracy
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