February Spotlight – Meet Miss. FauxRunner

February Spotlight – Meet Miss. FauxRunner

Last week was Miss. FauxRunner’s 11th birthday and as all parents do, I reflected back on the girl she had become and all the changes in her this past year. Since one of the biggest leaps she had was as an athlete, I wanted to be proud mom and showcase her. She was tickled when I “interviewed” her and hoped that someday someone famous would interview her!! 

Miss. Fauxrunner

2 years ago, Miss. FauxRunner was not a happy runner. She flat out didn’t like it and thought that daddy was mean to take her running with him whenever she wanted to spend sometime with him on weekdays (he was doing his 1000 miles in a year  back then). 

Miss FauxRunner Vibha

That was her unenthusiastic previous self, not just in running, but in any sport that we had tried her in since she was four years old. My first memory of her in a sport is her running AWAY from the soccer ball.


That year of the winter Olympics and she was fascinated by ice-skating like any other kid, we enrolled her in ice-skating lessons. Only for her to sit in a corner of the ice and refuse to even stand up unless completely assisted. 

Miss FauxRunner Ice Skating

About three years ago, she join the swim team with her then best friend. She used to look like a fish out of water while the coach have instructions and would always get left behind. That was the end of the swim team for her. And then there was the gymnastics, let’s not even go there.  In fact, the only sport that she has stuck to, probably because I would not let her quit, was taekwondo that I insist for self-defense.

All of a sudden, and we don’t know what exactly brought about that transformation, she started running. I suspect it might’ve been the prospect of watching TV shows on the treadmill. Last year was a momentous one for her as an athlete – she would join me for my last 1-2 miles during my long runs training for the London Marathon, which then evolved into her own debut into triathlons and 5k. 

Miss. FauxRunner’s races from her 10th year included – 

What made you start running and doing triathlons?

I wanted to run with you. And you did a triathlon. 

What are you proud of this past year?

I ran my 5k all alone (Heart and Soles 5K) and I had a good time at 28:49. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pace properly without daddy, but I handled it well.

In the second triathlon I did (Atlanta Kids Triathlon), in the run, I would pass other kids. When I passed them, they started running but they could not keep up with me. 

Miss. FauxRunner

I was so nervous with transition in both my triathlons. There were so many people and so many things happening around me and I had to figure out what to do and where to go and you were not allowed. I was fiddling a bit in my first triathlon, but I knew what to do in the second one.

What are some of the most important things you’ve learnt?

Not to freak out because if things go wrong freaking out will make it worse. Be calm. If it’s that’s big of an emergency, ask people around for help. 

Don’t forget to prepare well just because you’ve done it before. The one race I didn’t train because we were in India (Spooktacular 5K) was so hard. And I don’t like not having a good time.

If you take a break, running after the break is hard. Even a week off is hard. Not only is running hard, but it also hard to actually start running. 

What advice can you give to others?

Train hard. Never give up even if you are tired. It will be over soon. 

For kids like me who just like to read all day – make some time for fresh air in your life. 

What is your favorite post-run treat?

Frappucino from Starbucks!

What are your goals for next year?

I want to run a mile in 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

I am going to run the Peachtree (Peachtree Road Race 10k which will be her first 10k) with you (aka me).

And I want to ride my new bike faster in my next triathlon.

Miss. FauxRunner

I am so proud of the young tween she has grown into this past year. I had to sell her on triathlons initially but she took it on herself after that first race. Now, I don’t ever have to remind her to run – she runs by herself either a mile before school or after. She runs with me and she prefers that to running with daddy (yay!). 

My only goal through all this was for her to understand the results of hard, consistent work. And to have the presence of mind to get through the chaos of transition. 

I must say that she has exceeded that and has begun setting goals for herself!


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  • Rachel

    Aw what a sweet post! You must be so proud. Happy birthday Miss Faux Runner!

  • Oh goodness Smitha, you must be bursting with pride for your girl! I love that she made the correlation between training well and better racing, vs not training and races that hurt. Been there done that! Great lesson!

  • Nicole Renee

    This is amazing!!!! You are such a good role model, and she is such an inspiration!

  • This is fabulous! I just love this so much. What an amazing young woman with a great role model

  • I just love this! She sounds like an amazing kid woth awesome parents. I love seeing my daughter’s be active in sports they love.

  • Kimberly

    Awwe how amazing that she found a love for the sport of running! You must be so so proud

  • This is so great, what a special bond to share :-)! I love that she did a triathlon too!!

  • Can I say how much I love this? I’d love to have my boys love my sport. I think they will someday. They do appreciate it!

  • Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    That is awesome she is following in great foot steps. What a great role model! She learned from the best!

  • She’s awesome and gives some great advice! I’m trying to convince my 11 year old that running is good.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    This is so great!! I love that you have inspired her to start running and that she enjoys it so much. I think she ran more races than I did last year!

  • Elaine @myRUNexperiment

    What a wonderful bonding moment – sitting down for an interview with your daughter! It’s great that you’ve inspired her to do triathlons and running. One day I hope to inspire my girls too. They’re both into gymnastics and my first is enjoying soccer. I might be able to convince to run a mile race! Tell Ms. Faux Runner congrats and always have FUN!

  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    This is so great! Happy birthday to her! I love how her interview shows that she came into her own and found her joy in a sport you love as well.

  • great story! Nice to see her bloom into her own. Proves that when you lead by example- they are watching! Kudos!

  • Cassandra @PoweredbyBLING

    Great profile of your daughter and her active lifestyle! You should be so proud. My daughter joined the local triathlon team when she was 6 and at her first event she was so worried about being slow in transition, she just left her swim cap on the whole time. We have some great pics of her on the run in her swim cap. It was hilarious!

  • Kathryn Thayer

    I love that your daughter looks up to you and that you inspired her to start running. You must be so proud of her!

  • Sandra Laflamme

    Your daughter is awesome and you are such an amazing role model for her! There is so much that I love about this post and all that your daughter has learned along the way!!!

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