Every parent wants their kid to take on one of their interests. So I was happy when Kayla said she wanted to give a SAAC event a go.
It’s strange because I would have never thought that I would call myself a runner.
My mum is a runner, and I use to run cross country in high school. It has been many years since my high school days, so it feels weird to call myself a runner.
But what is a runner? Seriously, at the end of the day if you are putting one foot in front of the other and it’s faster than a walking pace you are a runner.
This week’s SAAC event happened to be over in Horsham, a 45-minute drive from Stawell. With Miles having some time with the grandparents, Kayla and I made our way over.
This week, the sub-junior event was 2km. Kayla was nervous, and I don’t blame her, 2km is far for a 5-year-old.
Running with her, I told her if she needs to stop to walk she can. She ended up only stopping to walk once, and that was because she tripped over a hole. Yet she dusted herself off and keep going.
SAAC uses a handicap system. As this was Kayla’s first event, she didn’t have a handicap, and so it meant that she came last. However, that did not stop me from being extremely proud of her. She’s 5 and ran that 2km in a time of 14:28, or 7:15 pace.