Abby and Landon have been really wanting to do a race. They had a 5K last Saturday that included a 1 mile Fun Run for kids as well as a Tot Trot (less than 1/4 mile). We decided this would be a perfect start for them into the racing scene so I signed up to do the 5K (not my favorite distance because I would much rather go long than fast), Abby signed up for the fun run and Landon signed up for the Tot Trot. We did a few training runs to prepare for it (and when I say a few it was literally 3 runs total) and then it was time for race day!
Here is the running trio before our races (doesn't Landon look super thrilled to be here?) He was literally "dying of thirst" since it had been a whole 15 minutes since his last swig...
The start of the 5K. Can you see me? I have on a white hat in the second row right behind the little girl in the pink shorts. I am always so nervous at the start of a race, no matter the distance involved. My goal? Beat that Chick-Fil-A cow in the back!!
We turned the corner and were off to run in some local neighborhoods. The course was nice but it was a pretty hot day and trying to maintain my desired pace was pretty tough. I was proud of maintaining a fairly consistent pace from start to finish though, all three of my miles were within 7 seconds of each other.
Here I am crossing the finish line. And believe me I looked about as terrible as I felt. Let's just say it was a good thing I hadn't had anything to eat that morning since it would have ended up on that pavement. I felt better within about 2 minutes though which was good since I had some more cheering to do! I did get a new 5K personal best though, which considering the hot weather, I was pretty excited about.
After the 5K, it was Abby's time to shine in the Mile Fun Run. She was a little nervous at the start...
And then they were off!!
Look at that form...
That girl has some speed on her (she probably went out a bit too fast but managed a really great kick at the end too.) She had a good experience overall and is already talking about doing some more races soon!
Then it was time for this little booger to run in the Tot Trot.
Do you see his little arm raised in these pictures? That's his starting stance.
And they're off!!
Look at him pump those arms!
He had this big grin on his face the entire time (of course the whole race lasted less than 2 minutes. If it had been much longer, I'm sure we would have seen a face similar to the top picture in this post!)
Coming around that last turn!!
See, the smile is still there (and he even managed to pass a few people to take 3rd place!) Way to go little buddy!
We also got to check out the medical helicopter at the end of the race!
All in all a great family day for running. I hope my love for the sport gets passed down to these little ones!