We took the family down to Nite Moves, a weekly event during which athletes young and not-as-young can enjoy a 1K ocean swim or a 5K run, or if you’re really looking for a party, the 1K swim/5K run Biathlon.
Ayay was psyched to do the Kids’ Dash – a brief jog around the beach. After I finished my race, she exploded with, “Mommy, mommy. I’m going to do my race! Is it time for the Kids’ Dash?”
While I chugged a freebie drink, Tingting mimicked a lady stretching nearby and Ayay tested out the sand on the Dash Course. Was my little energizer bunny developing a little something that could turn into a pre-race ritual?
Within minutes, the 4’10” and under crowd began to gather. It was a bigger crowd than we anticipated, and Ayay started giving nervous glances here and there. Aw, come on kid. Use those nerves to your advantage, I wanted to tell her! As the kids started dashing, Ayay started freaking. When F’s encouraging words seemed to fail, Tingting and I rushed to her exclaiming, “Come on! You get McCONNELLS ICE CREAM at the end!”
Ayay’s face lit up and I knew exactly what she was thinking — Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! Ice cream! Ice cream! Ice cream! McConnells Ice Cream! Yum! A treeeeeeat! I wonder what kind of ice cream… And off she and F shuffled down the beach.
Between licks of her her cookie dough ice cream cone prize, she said, “I want to do the Dash again!”