The starting line was right by a playground which the kids enjoyed playing on before the race. As I was signing up for the race I heard someone ask about the distance of the fun run. I had assumed it would be a mile since pretty much all fun runs are that distance. It turned out the race was around a half mile but they weren't sure exactly how far it was. I figured that would be perfect for Hayden's first race and Carter would really enjoy that. We headed over to the race start and Carter was so excited giving Hayden pointers and talking to him about race strategy. It was so cute to hear him. He said, "Hayden you don't want to start out running too fast or you will get a side stitch and it will hurt to run. Then you will have to walk." The boys stayed together and I ran with them. Erin was with her daughter, Addison, who wasn't signed up but decided she wanted to run and mom was with Elise who ran parts of the race. At one point Hayden told Carter he was getting tired and Carter said, "If you get tired you can walk for a little bit and then start running again after a break." They even held hands for a little bit at the start of the race. Hayden walked for a bit and Carter kept running. Once Carter was ahead of Hayden he wanted to stay there and kept checking to see how far back Hayden was. I started my Garmin just for fun to see how fast Carter ran and what the distance of the race was. As we neared the finish line we saw Ty standing there cheering us on and I got so excited I forgot to stop my watch. So Carter ran faster than what my Garmin said, but I'd say it was pretty close. The race was 0.62 of a mile long and Carter finished a little under 6:22 which was when I remembered to stop my watch. That put him at 10:14 pace so a little faster than that if I'd stopped my watch. I was very impressed with him. He was back to his regular form from the first two summer series races and did a great job pacing himself. He's really good about running his own race and doesn't worry too much about passing or beating people around him (unless it's his best friend, haha).
|The boys holding hands during the first part of the race.|
|Elise and Addison finishing the race.|
|Elise decided she wanted to be carried to daddy instead of running.|
We stayed for awards. The kids enjoyed playing on the playground some more while we waited. Jeremy placed 3rd overall and 2nd in his age group in 20:43. I finished 4th overall and 1st female in 21:50 and mom was 1st in her age group, finishing in 34:49. We saw Hayden the next day and he was so proud of his race, he was wearing his race shirt! It was very cute. We enjoyed more Little Balkans festivities the next day with arts and craft vendors as well as inflatables for the kids to play on. It was a wonderful weekend! Jeremy and I ran our 14 mile long run together on Sunday and even though we waited too late to get out and ran in the heat, we still finished in an average of just under 9 minute pace. We felt good so running the race on Friday worked out for us. I think I ran the race perfectly to where I wasn't sore afterwards and didn't have a problem coming back for the long run on Sunday.