Saturday, May 25, 2013

B's First Race!

Last fall, B's school offered different clubs the kids could do. The clubs would meet every day and the kids would work toward a particular goal as sort of a during-school extra-curricular (at least that's how I understood it; details are sometimes difficult to interpret from a 3rd grader).

Jen and I both got so excited when he told us he was joining the club that would train him to run a 5K.

I mean really, how awesome is that?!

Ever since Jen and I got into running and racing, B has expressed an interest in it -- which we love. He's tried many sports over the years, but that's just not who he is. He loves being part of a team, but he just doesn't seem to have the competitive nature in his blood. In that sense, he's more of a bookworm -- the kid loves reading, math, science, etc. Again, we couldn't be more proud.

So we encouraged his interest in running, and thought it might be a good fit for him for the same reasons it is for us (mainly that you're really only competing against yourself, unless you're actually fast enough to win). We'd go on runs together as a family, and he'd do a surprisingly good job of keeping up.

Last Saturday B and I did our first (hopefully of many) races together -- the Waggin Trail 5K, which supports the Kentucky Humane Society.

It's a great race that's close to home, isn't too crowded, and supports pets!

Jennifer was planning on running it with us, but since it didn't start until 9 she didn't have enough time before she had to rush off to work, so she strapped the baby in the Ergo and cheered us on!

B and I left early to go register and stuff, and we took the dogs with us. They did SURPRISINGLY well, especially since it had been a LONG time since they've been run.

A little pre-race photo op.

We had just enough time to get everything done before it was time to start. Although it wasn't a very crowded race, having all the dogs and leashes sort of complicated things and made it crowded, so I told B to be extra careful.

For the first half-mile he was doing really good. But then the cramps came. He said they were really painful, and even had a hard time walking through them.

I kept encouraging him, and told him to breathe through them, and eventually they let up and we started running again, but it wasn't long before they were back.

When we passed by Jen at around the 1 mile mark he wasn't sure if he could keep going. We just kept telling him we knew he could do it, and we could keep walking whenever he needed to. He decided that he wanted to finish it.

Yeah he did -- we don't raise quitters!

After another half-mile or so, he really must have been feeling better because he just took off on me.

Huntie in aero mode trying to keep up.

"Hey brother, slow down!"

He ran the rest of the race pretty solid! We took a few walk breaks still, but he was really putting forth some effort.

Unlike his brother...

 This kid's just not cut out for spectating yet.

We ended up going the wrong way and missed a part of the course, so that meant we only did about 2.5 miles total.

Annnd we totally surprised Jennifer by beating her back to the finish line, so we waited for her to get into a good picture-taking spot. Turns out it's kinda hard to run with a baby sleeping in an Ergo...

Go momma go! (That's her in the green)

With her set and ready, and B rested up, we made a mad dash for the finish line.

 Action shot!

Notice that B was barely in front of me as we passed by Jen, but look at how he TOOK OFF right after we passed her! I think he was ready to be done. Also, we might have a sprinter on our hands. (Note that I was trying to keep up with him, but the dogs just weren't having it. Okay, he's faster than me...)

Look at that lead he has on me! 

After we finished we made sure to rehydrate and walked around a bit to stretch our legs out.

Picture time with my mom and her dog, Bossy. 

The boys are far too distracted by everything that's going on.

I spy an exhausted puppy, and a little froggy foot!

We had such a good time, and we're so proud of B! He's already talking about wanting to do another, and next time he wants a medal, so we gotta find a good race for him to do where he'll get one!

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