This morning, my family and I headed to the local elementary school for their annual 5K and 1 mile run. I was signed up for the 5K, my kids were signed up for the 1 mile, and my husband had the task of photographing the day. The weather was gorgeous and everyone was excited.
|20 minutes before the race, ready and rarin' to go!|
A few minutes before the 1 mile race was set to start, I said good-bye and good luck and headed to my volunteer spot in the woods. I heard the "Ready, set, GO!" and peered through the trees to see the kids coming down the road. They took the turn into the woods and I started clapping and cheering and "Stay on the path, please!" Then I saw my munchkins and gave high fives and hugs and they were off again. About minute a later the bike volunteer rode by and said "That's it, thanks!" and I got to take my flag and head back to the finish line. Shortest volunteer stint EVER!
I found my husband and we watched as the kids came in. First finisher crossed the line in 6:32. Darn impressive for an elementary school kid! (No racers over 5th grade allowed in the 1 mile run) Then more kids came in, and we kept cheering.... As the clock ticked forward, I started to worry a little. I knew my kids would be on the slower side, since they've never run before, but since most of the course was through a wooded area with lots of ups and downs, I began to wonder if maybe my daughter would fall. I don't know why I wasn't worried about my son, maybe because he's older an has longer legs? I don't know. Anyway, I started to wonder what if.... So I walked a bit down the road to see if I could spot them coming out of the woods. When I saw them I ran back to my husband and told him to get the camera ready.
When they came towards the finish line, I started cheering like
an idiot a happy mom. My son got a little ahead of his sister and turned around and went back for her, encouraging her, and they both sped up. (I swear to you, my heart will break into a million pieces the day that they are no longer best friends.)
|Nearing the finish line!|
They ended up finishing the race in 14:09, together, happy as can be. So proud of themselves and of each other. I have a feeling this race will be a family tradition for years to come!
Next post, I'll tell you about the 5K. Spoiler alert - there was karaoke involved.
Have you ever watched a Kids Fun Run? If you haven't, you should! =)