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A 5K With My Kid….

A Pre-Race Hug With My Daughter

This past Sunday I had the pleasure, delight and honor of running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with my daughter. It was her third and the second that we’ve both run together. Check out the pictures of her accomplishment!

For the past few months, our oldest has been participating in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at her school, which means she and a dozen other girls spend an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing various training runs and learning other life lessons.

GOTR is a fabulous non-profit program based out of Charlotte, NC that seeks as its stated mission, “To educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

GOTR seeks to inspire girls to become the best they can be through goal-setting, positive behavior, friendship, discipline and exercise.

Here’s the program’s primary objective as posted on the GOTR web site.

“The objective of Girls on the Run is to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.”

Our Daughter (middle) With Her GOTR Buddies

I can’t adequately express how proud we are of our daughter for her accomplishment and our expectation for her to be joined by her sister once Syd is old enough to take part. This is a wonderful program and I applaud the volunteers who organized the race and the running coaches who dedicated time to the girls.

Here’s the GOTR web site http://www.girlsontherun.org/default.html if you’re interested in seeing if it might be appropriate for your Tween-age daughter or school. You won’t regret it and neither will the little ladies in your life!

Question: Growing up, did you share an activity or hobby with a parent(s) that you continue to enjoy today?

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  1. I don’t, but my son and I share a passion for the same college team. And my daughter ( a high school junior) and I like to run together.

    • TorConstantino says:

      Larry, that’s awesome – thanks for sharing. I hope my daughter and I continue to run together into her high school years and beyond!

  2. Do I really have to answer this???? Congrats to Taylor…give her a HUGE HUG!!!! I see your all decked out with running gear…such as gloves….were is Taylor’s gear???? Love you and hope to see you soon!!!!

    • TorConstantino says:

      Thanks Aunt Lisa! We’ll be up there for Thanksgiving and hope to see you then. As far as Taylor’s “gear” she was dancing around with the crowd as part of the pre-race warm up and stripped most of her stuff off ;-)

  3. Jim’s boss and his grown daughter just completed the Marine Corp marathon in Oct. Who knows how far this will take you guys! Congrats Tay!

    • TorConstantino says:

      That’s awesome Brenda – thanks for the inspiration! My dream would be for my entire family to run and finish a half-marathon together!

  4. Love GOTR! Looking forward to when my daughter is old enough to participate…good question at the end. My mother taught me to sew and we’ve had seasons throughout life where we’ve shared that common interest. Though I rarely sew now, when I have gotten the sudden urge to be creative with fabric, I always know I’ll have an excited ear on the other end of the phone line.

    Congrats to your daughter! Seeing your child work hard for something and see it through is extremely sweet.

    • TorConstantino says:

      Great comment Shari! I completely agree that it’s certainly rewarding to see her set her mind to something and achieve it!

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