Sometimes a race doesn’t go as we planned. Sometimes race day brings unexpected twists. Sometimes the strategy and goals go out the window. Usually this is not considered a good thing. This morning it was a great thing.
For this morning’s ‘Sweat Your Thorns Off’ Virtual 5K, I had planned to give it a real go and see what kind of time I could pull off. I’ve never run a 5K, so I could combine a strong tempo run with another running first. As I was finishing my pre-run stretching, I was explaining a virtual-race to my kids. When I finished explaining, my son asked the last question I would have expected … “Can I run?”. This is one of those questions that regardless of circumstance or consequence, the answer is simply “Yes”. Thus, today my son and I did our first Virtual 5K together. Since I had already printed off my race bib, we made a couple quick adjustments and printed one off for my son.
|All smiles prior to any thorn sweating|
A quick drink of water and we were off.
|Game faces on .... or we need more fiber in our diets|
We did not set any land-speed records, and we’re not anticipating any sponsorships based on our results. The first mile was equal parts run and walk, and the rest was mostly walk with a sprinkling of run thrown in. The boy was definitely struggling, and around mile 2 I could tell he was regretting his decision to come along, but he never said it out loud, and he kept marching on. I was having a great time. Even if there wasn’t a whole lot of running, it was still a ‘run’ with my son, and those are still a rare treat.
I couldn’t talk my daughter in to coming with us, but I have a feeling she’ll come around in the not too distant future. We put her in charge of race photos, and even let her use the ‘real’ camera, so she was loving life. She also surprised us by creating a finish-line for us while we were out running. Boston’s finish line has nothing on ours.
|BAA - she is available for finish-line consulting|
A great way to start the weekend. Everything else is just icing on the cake. A big thank-you to Adam @ 'The Boring Runner' for organizing the race and getting my boy and me out on the road together.