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Up and Down Race Report

Monday, March 30, 2015

This weekend was…interesting…to say the least. Saturday was the 1 mile fun run with my boys and then my 10K. The initial plan was that my 8 year old was going to run his 1 mile run, and then I was going to run the 10K. We originally did not sign up my 5 year old because it was 1 mile and I wasn’t sure if he could run that distance by himself. Well, Thursday night at packet pickup my 5 year old decided he wanted to run too, and since I had recently found out I could run alongside with him I thought – what’s another a mile? So I signed him up and he was super excited.

The day of the race we all woke up early and left the house at 5 so we could get there early since there were so many entries in the 10K (over 36,000 runners…craziness, and we were worried about parking), plus the race was over an hour from my house. We had all dressed in layers because it was not expected to get higher than the 30s. Halfway to Richmond my 8 year old says from the backseat “I’m going to throwup”…and then, you guessed it…all over his pants and jacket. Poor kid! We pull off on the shoulder and get his sweatpants and jacket off. Now the only clothes he has on are shorts and a tee shirt. Now I’m wondering what to do because it’s SOOO COLD…and he obviously can’t run. We decide to go anyway so me and my 5 year old can run. My husband takes off his coat and bundles up my 8 year old. As soon as we get there and park my 8 year throws up again. Poor, poor guy. He didn’t have a fever or anything, we think it was allergies that was putting so much mucus in his stomach. Amazingly enough though he starts to feel much better after that, but I tell him he’s not going to run and to take it easy.

So we wait in the car and get some breakfast in him until it’s time for the kids race to start. Then we take a ‘wrapped up in daddy’s jacket’ 8 year old, freezing husband, and myself and my 5 year old to the kids start line. I run the 1 mile fun race with my youngest with the other 2 cheering us on. We had a blast and with the band playing he was actually dancing throughout a lot of the run! After his run because it was so cold out and my 8 year old was in shorts, my husband took the two boys back to the car to wait in the heat while I ran my 10K. With over 36,000 runners, it was quite crowded, but I was still super excited because my time has improved to an average pace of 10.41 min/mile, which for me is great!

So it was an interesting day. Goods and bads, I wish my other son would have been able to share in it as well, but the race part was fun, I ran 7.2 miles, and I think the best part of it all was running that first mile with my son!
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  • no profile photo CD13114729
    Sounds about right for life with little ones. They always seem to add interesting events to our lives don't they! Bless their hearts.

    Congrats on your accomplishments even with those obstacles in the way!
    1825 days ago
    Awesome! Glad your 5 year old endured and had a great time too! Sorry 8 year old got sick. A tummy bug is going around with no fevers, so.... Richmond, VA? You did awesome and maybe 8 year old will get to run in the next race! Nice it was a family event!
    1836 days ago
  • NHES220
    Wow, too bad about your older guy, not fun. But great job on your miles!
    1836 days ago
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