“if it’s raining like this tomorrow, i’m not running” (it was pouring the night before) and “we’re going to be late so we may as well not go” lol from Andrew who was about to run his first race…and 10K! and the best one: “I forgot my running shoes” <—WHAT!!!, thank goodness he’s the same shoe size as his dad!!!
Thomas, our eldest, paid for my race registration as my mother’s day gift and as you know, running was Andrew’s mother’s day gift to me…best gifts to give me! funny because Thomas is the runner and if he lived closer he would definitely have run with us!
the morning started out great with a hearty breakfast, a cup of coffee and Andrew’s nerves in a tizzy! of course he was nervous! he didn’t really run much lol. on the other hand…my knee was sore and my hip flexor was tight lol. great match we were!
…and we were late! I took the wrong turn and ended up somewhere rural…then I started to stress. I was so close to tears thinking we were going to miss the start. nothing like arriving to check-in less than 10 minutes before race time, begging for our bibs and running UPHILL to the starting line! but we made it pinning Andrew’s bib on was like getting him ready for his first day of kindergarten I was so happy and he was so nervous hahaha :D
so I kept telling Andrew how slow I run…but he didn’t realize how slow until the start of the race and he looked at me and said “that slow huh?” I laughed and said go ahead for awhile…and I did not see him until the finish line!!! lol which did not bother me in the least by the way. I wanted him to experience the day for himself
I had a great run myself, my knee and hip behaved and I even took a couple of pics along the way, …called jeff to let him know Andrew would be arriving earlier than me so he wouldn’t miss him and made sure to thank all the volunteers for their time. in my rush to the race I left our water in the car so I was very grateful there was 2 water stations!
as I approached the finish line all i was thinking about was that Andrew best be waiting to run out to great me and run across the finish line together! and he was. I was so excited to cross the line and hug him for his efforts and for sharing this with me. I was stunned that he did so well and can I say again how happy I was???!!!
Andrew managed to do the first 5K in 24 minutes which I thought was quite remarkable for a non-runner! he had a great time and said that he hadn’t been told by so many people what a good job he was doing…the volunteers are so encouraging!
what a great day…this was the first race where I had someone at the finish line. jeff was there as well as andrew’s girlfriend and her parents. they were there to cheer us on at the start and offer their congratulations and share in our happiness at the finish. I have an amazing short video of our finish too that I shared on FB.
I think Andrew really enjoyed himself. he experienced the runners high of completing an organized run and watching the awards ceremony afterward with inspiring men and women of all ages with incredible times right up to the age group of 85-90.
the best part? Andrew has agreed to do more races with me!