Isabelle asked me the other day if she could do the Little Rockers Marathon this year. If you remember, we tried this last year. The Little Rockers Marathon is a part of the Little Rock Marathon that I've done the past 2 years. The kids walk or run a total of 25.2 miles over the weeks leading up to the marathon and then they all run the last mile together.
Last year, Olivia and Isabelle freaked out at the start line for the last mile and left without finishing (or even starting). It was just the two of them in a sea of strangers. I wasn't allowed to do it with them because only team leaders could be in with the kids, and my 2 didn't qualify as a team. I understand their feelings, I hate crowds myself, but I was so disappointed that they did all that work and didn't get that medal at the finish line.
So, understandably, I was a little hesitant to tell Isabelle we'd give it another go. Zoe's old enough to do it this year, so she'd have a partner (Olivia refuses to do it this year... she refuses to do anything that involves getting off the couch). But I still am nervous that they will get too nervous to do the final mile. An light bulb popped up over my head.... what if we had a team? I'd only need 7 other kids to make up the 10 kids that would qualify us as a team (Olivia would have to do it by default... she would have to be there anyway). I do love the idea of helping get kids more active. The idea of being some sort of coach helping people get involved with walking has crossed my mind several times over the past few years. So this is something I really feel led to do, I just haven't found the right opportunity yet. I stewed on the idea for a while, and decided to test the waters a bit.
I sent a note to Isabelle's teacher (I know her best of all the teachers the girls have this year... it's our 3rd year with her), and explained what I'm thinking to get her opinion. Offering the chance to be on the team to the kids in the school and meeting after school at the track to do our mileage. I wanted to run it past a teacher before approaching the principal because I don't know all the rules involved with extra-curricular activities, and I hate making a fool out of myself.
Turns out, she loves the idea and said she'd bring it up to the principal next week. I'll have to meet with him with all the actual details, I'm sure. I'm kind of nervous about the idea... that it may really happen. Me... coaching kids for a "marathon."
I'll keep you posted!