Have I ever told you how much I look up to my kids? They may be shorter than me for now but WOW! they really amaze me!
Ever since last August when Miss K ran a 10K with Anthony she has been dying to do a half marathon.
Dying… WHO BEGS TO DO A HALF MARATHON? SERIOUSLY?
Well, since Anthony was going to train her up for one, little A wanted to do it as well. Yes, I have crazy kids. At first Anthony thought it would be best to have A do the 10K while he ran with K for the half… Great plan, IF you have someone to run the 10K with the other child. He tried to convince me to do it.
PSHHHH! See how well that worked out for him? Ha ha!
So, he had no choice but to train her up for the half as well, which is what she really wanted so she wasn’t at all sad about that.
I admit I was nervous. I even asked their pediatrician if it was ok for them to run such a distance at their young, tender ages. He said it was fine so long as they listen to their bodies. As long as they can talk while running they are fine.
I was still nervous.
During the training runs Little A had all the energy in the world which is nothing new to us. She’s always been a little firecracker. When it comes to anything athletic she just seems to have a natural ability to do… whatever. K has to work harder for it but I think she appreciates it more for all the hard work she puts in to it. Little A would run circles around K (all this according to Anthony, of course… I wasn’t there ) and still have energy to spare when they got home.
CHILD!… you do realize you just ran 8 miles, right? Sheesh!
And Miss K surprises me every day! She just really loved every exhausting training run they did. The jealous bug bit her in the butt for only a short time until she came to me one day and said, “I’ve decided it’s a lot more fun to be happy for somebody than to be jealous.”
Proud momma moment right there!
Her runs were even better after that epiphany, too.
The night before the race, Little A was so nervous. She came out of bed to us sobbing. She was scared and couldn’t sleep. We assured her that this run was absolutely not a mandatory thing. She was welcome to back out at any point. A little lavender on the feet and hug later she was feeling much better.
I had been told the night before to be at the park where the race ended at 9:30. That way I would be sure to see the girls and Anthony cross around 10:00 am.
Well, that only works if your children cooperate and VOW to not cross the finish line until at least 9:45.
There I am, 9:32, parking… right then!! And my sister calls to let me know that she just watched Little A cross from a distance. She hadn’t made it to the finish yet either. UGH!
So, I have no pictures of her crossing the finish line. And I just knew I had missed Anthony and Miss K.
Once I found A at the finish (and apologized for not being there just 5 minutes earlier) she told me that it was just her. Anthony had run her across the line and gone back for K. A had finished in 2 hrs. 21 min. About a half hour later Miss K came along. 2 hrs. 50-ish min.
WOW! 13.1 miles… CHECK! They inspire me. So much so that I even went and got me some running clothes. Not so much because I really want to run. I still think it’s devilish. But for the sheer fact that I would like to see my husband once in a while! I figure I have to run to hang out with him. Tuesday night was our first run. It was the devil! But I finished a 5K. Go me!
But back to my girls… they are amazing! So inspiring that complete strangers asked to have their pictures taken with them. They got 1st and 2nd in their division. (I think they were the only ones in their division to be honest but who the heck cares!) Still #1 in my book!