Leading up to this race, I had been struggling a bit with running and my interest/motivation in continuing to do so. But that's a separate post for another time. Back to the race. Despite a few kid illnesses, I've been pretty healthy for the past few months then, of course, OF COURSE, I managed to get some type of wicked head cold/sinus infection that week. What started out as annoying mid-week escalated to full-blown miserable by Friday night. I even contacted someone from the race to see if Brian could run in my place the next morning if I couldn't make it. He could have done that, but of course, that morning, I was stubborn and convinced myself that once I got there and got going, I would feel much better.
|My smile here is totally for the sake of the kids.|
Yeah, that never really happened. It didn't help that it was about 72 degrees at 9am and 95% humidity. It is astounding the difference that the humidity can make, I felt like I couldn't breathe between being stuffy from the cold and having a cough and the humidity weighing down my lungs.
But---we finished!! In just over 35 minutes, and that's with stopping to walk briefly 3 times (2 walk breaks on hills, one because I was having a coughing fit and had to stop for a minute to work that out)
Brian was manning both of our kids and Maddie, here are some pics of them being cute in and around the stadium while Brett and I ran:
I was in a bad mood by the time we finished if we're being honest; I was mad at myself for being so stubborn and insisting on running and mad at myself that I had to stop and walk those few times. Then I found a tray of cookies being passed out and felt a bit better. Then, it was time for the kids event and any amount of foul mood I had was gone in an instant. The whole day was worth it to see those kids on the field, it was absurdly adorable.
|unfortunately blurry, but that's Jake slightly to the right in the jersey|