Sunday, August 16, 2009

Our first family 5k

We had a great time, and the girls did well, even though we kept them out way later than usual. The race started at 7:15. As we drove home home, Delaney said a couple times, "Mama, dark. Mama, dark." We laughed, realizing that Delaney doesn't even know what nighttime looks like!

We started all the way in the back of the group, because that's where all the other strollers were, and we figured we'd be one of the slowest ones in the herd. That turned out not to be the case at all, and it was a challenge for Tim to maneuver our extra-wide stroller around all the slower people, for about the first half-mile. There is no sneaking around anybody with that thing. The crowd began to spread out as time went on, but not much. I thought Tim was going to have to start running people down. I was pretty impressed at the pace he was able to keep while pushing that stroller. I offered to take over for at least half the course, but he wouldn't hear of it. Eventually he told me why: when we run a 10k in October, he wants it to be my turn. Isn't he a sweetheart?

Our finish time was 28:27, and we were both really pleased by that, especially considering all the time we were just barely jogging. I was hoping for 35-40 minutes. Alone, we can run three miles in a good time, but with the stroller, we didn't know what to expect. Amazingly, Tim credited the stroller with keeping us at a good pace. He said it was pulling him along for most of the way, even giving him the momentum to power up a good little hill.

After we finished, we hung out for a little while at Barnett Field, where everyone was spread out on the grass, listening to a band. Delaney couldn't wait to do some running of her own, and visiting with all the dogs. Very soon after, we were all worn out, sweaty and ready to go home.

Now, in a blink of an eye, this weekend is done, and it's another busy week for Tim at EWS.

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