The announcer at the start makes a big deal talking about who is going to win and then tells the kids to run as fast as they can from the start which always gets Carter off the start too quickly. He was again determined not to run with me. He wanted me there but way behind him. His exact words were, "I want you to run behind me. I want you way behind me." Okay, then. Carter took off super fast and was way ahead of me. I looked down and saw I was running 8:55 pace and I could barely see him. About 200 meters or so into the race he looked back and saw me and then started walking. I caught up to him and he told me his heart was hurting. I asked him to show me. He put his hand more toward where you would get a side stitch. I told him to just keep walking for a while to catch his breath, he probably just went out to fast and was having a hard time breathing. He tried running again multiple times and said it was still hurting. He said, "I'm definitely not going to win now." Thanks silly announcer for making such a big deal out of that, he'd never cared before! Then he looked back and saw Elise behind us so he turned around and ran to her so he could run with her. She loved it and chased after him for a long time even after he got quite a ways ahead of her.
|Carter getting off the start way too fast!|
|Off to a super fast start!|
|Elise wanted to be carried for the start.|
Even though both kids didn't enjoy the mile as much as they had the past two times, they still loved the ice cream. I safety pinned the waistband of my extra light up tutu for Elise so she could wear it and she absolutely loved that! I was worried Carter would be super disappointed this was the last race of the series because he enjoyed them so much and would ask when our next race was in between races. But the side stitch definitely kept him from being disappointed. The only thing he's said since the race is that he doesn't ever want to run that fast again (meaning at the start of the race) because it made his heart hurt.