Five Kilometers, Zero Tears



Today was Riley’s 5K with Girls On the Run! We woke up at the crack of dawn and drove almost an hour to Akron for it.



It was at this point during her first 5K she became overwhelmed. With the crowd at the starting gate. This time around, she knew what to expect and it was all good. She knew it would be okay for her teammates to keep their own paces. She knew some friends would fly ahead of her, and some would be far behind. Just like in practice.   

She was very focused!



 Nothing was going to stop my girl.




Look at her go!




HT had to work today, so Little man waited with Riley’s friend’s dad while we ran. I look forward to the day Riley is waiting around, supportive of him for whatever makes his soul light up. We’ll be there buddy!




I love this shot. It was a misty morning. The determination in her body!




 Here we are at the finish.





I love this girl so much.



It was nice we were able to have such a positive experience before I go sing the second solo of my life in a couple of hours. You know, since I’ll probably die.

At dress rehearsal yesterday our director said, “You sound good, but you look terrified.”

That about sums it up. At least the terrified part.

You’ve all been so good to me.

See you next lifetime.


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19 Responses to Five Kilometers, Zero Tears

  1. HT says:

    Way to go Riley. I am so proud of you. Michelle you will be great today. I can’t wait to hear it.


  2. Niksmom says:

    Wow, wow, wow!! I’m welling up over here! Go, Riley, go! Now, you go Michelle, too! Channel your glorious girl’s energy and let your light shine as you sing. Promise?

  3. Robin says:

    Smile Michelle!! Sing like nobody’s watching. (Totally unoriginal but so appropriate.) I also love the picture that should be titled – Determination in the Mist (Maybe Myst is better.)

  4. Kim says:

    Go girls!! Congrats to both of you on the run. You’ll do great Michelle — sing girlie sing!!

  5. Meg says:

    “Grrls in the Mist” – I love that Riley had a great event today! You’ll do fine, Michelle – you’re a rise-to-the-occasion gal if I ever knew one!

  6. Darlene says:

    I love her crown…only real live princess’s wear their crowns when they run races…
    hey Mom, where’s yours?!

    “Go Princess Riley!”

  7. Amanda says:

    Go Riley! 😀

    By the time I’m writing this you will have sung your little heart out, Riley will have hugged you and told you how proud she was and you’ll be having a glass of wine with HT to celebrate. I sent you love and happy thoughts anyway.


  8. Wanda says:

    Congrats to Riley…and you.

  9. Jerri says:

    It’s a joy to see the determination on Riley’s face and in her body. Simply marvelous.

    Now–you go approach your solo with the same faith in yourself and the Universe.

  10. Bonnie says:

    I am very impressed – with both of you! I hope you post this solo!

  11. Carrie Link says:

    OK, that last line truly made me LOL. I’ll see you next lifetime, and the one after that, and the one after that, unless of course we get it right this time and can be DONE!

    GREAT pictures!

    Can’t wait to hear about your second solo. You’ll kick it.

    You’re my human.

  12. mom says:

    Loved it, loved it all. Love you all!!!!!

  13. Fantastic, Riley! Love the misty shot, Michelle! Hope the singing went well too! xoxo

  14. Lydia says:

    Go, Riley! Go, Michelle!

  15. Susan Hendrickson says:

    WTG Riley! Michelle, so proud of you for taking on another solo.

  16. Congrats to Riley she did sooo good! and so will you I did solos in choir when I was younger and before I had indy if I can do it so can you! You are strong!

  17. Courtney says:

    hey, update the blog so we know you survived!

  18. Deb says:

    I love these pictures! Riley’s joy and determination, your beaming face, all the pink in the soft gray mist.

    I also love the juxtaposition of the two acts of courage – hers first, then yours. I expect your experience will be just as powerful.

  19. kario says:

    Oh, the crown. It kills me. What a perfect, perfect day! Look to Riley for strength during your second solo. This time, like her, you know what to expect and will knock it out of the park, I’m sure.


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