Yes, you read that right. My 4-year-old ran a 5k. Yes, he ran it...the entire way! He finished in under 30 mins and if you consider the steps of a toddler, that's pretty stinking impressive if you ask me. We ran the 5k as a family, it was through a park with some fierce hills. By the end, my son was motivating me to finish. I have never felt sooo much pride in my child than I did when he crossed that finish line. I nearly cried. The 5k we chose was the Miracle Miles for Madeline. Maddie was the daughter of a photography client turned friend of mine. She became ill a few months ago and after a brief battle, moved on to be with the other angels in heaven. Being so young, it was a terrible tragedy. But the family has managed to be so strong and kept so positive through it all. They had a fund raiser several months back to support a foundation in their daughter's name. The place was standing room only, people were literally lined out the door trying to get in. When I heard of a 5k they were planning to host, I didn't hesitate to sign up the whole family. I assumed we would walk it as a family. My husband had other plans. He began taking the boy out for a run every day for 2 weeks, taking him further and further to prep him for the marathon he was going to run! And run it he did! I was so proud of him, but tried not to lose focus on the meaning of that day. I know little Maddie was there, watching over everyone, pushing them a little further and a little faster, cheering us all on. She was certainly there with our family...bringing us a little closer and putting a huge smile on all our faces. I am so glad we got to be a part of that experience and can't wait to do it again next year. I also can't wait to run another 5k as a family...I'm thinking a color run next!