He stood there for about 4 minutes before the start gun went off and then he ran straight to me to ask for his coat! He got cold standing, waiting for the race to start. We quickly put on his coat and he was off again. I passed Elise off to Dave and took off across a large parking lot that would allow me to cut the course and see Carter after only about 300 yards.
I got to my spot right before he did and he passed me running with a smile on his face as I cheered him on. Once he passed me, I back tracked to the start and then ran the course in reverse so that I could see him at the last turn. Again, we got to my envisioned spot at the same time and I was able to cheer him on again as he rounded that last corner.
At this point I had to kind of trot behind him (but off to the side on the side walk) since we were both now headed to the finish line. He looked behind himself to see what I was doing a couple of times but he kept on moving. I think he was trying to decide if he thought I was running the race with him or if he was still doing it on his own. Eventually he settled back into his pace and didn't look for me again.
Shortly therafter, he crossed the finish line and got his medal and a water and we headed off for some post race pancakes. He was extremely proud to have run that race by himself and I was extremely proud of him for doing it!
|Carter ready for the race start.|