I’ve been trying to make running a more social sport – haven’t figured it out yet as I am trying to follow my own routine, at my own pace and am not networked well. In addition to just wanting company, I also feel strongly about helping out young women with their careers. Back in 1989, there were ~4% women in my engineering class and less than that working in engineering at my current company – not much progress there unfortunately. There are two wonderful young ladies (and a third much younger) that I try to pay some special attention to in my life. I decided to enlist them in a Spartan Sprint 5K this summer. They are both little badasses in their own right now – much older than the pics I have here. They are some awesome karate kicking, soccer playing, horn section playing, hard-working little ladies.
This week, I made it a REQUIREMENT for my niece Katie, who I’m flying out here to visit with me, and a REQUEST to my close friend Robbie’s daughter Sonia, who lives nearby. Here they are – although both much bigger now – Katie will be 18 and Sonia 15 this summer.
Katie – my niece:
Sonia – my BLF (best little friend)…these are quite old!:
And a few times, they have been together:
So, in addition to calling them and promising them help, etc, I sent them the video below – which, granted might be intimidating as it has “Will you die?” in the title….
Then, I thought they need something a little more motivational so I sent them this:
I am very excited about them doing the August 10 Spartan Sprint Race and hoping we can pull this off!
Heading out into a blizzard now for a 105″ run 🙂