Luke was very excited this morning to run in his first "race"!
He has been watching me train and has watched or heard about me running in several "races" now and is constantly asking me if he can come with me when I run. Most of the time, I have to tell him no because the distances are either too long or with the races...I've been afraid that they will be too much for him.
Well, today, my cousin and her family hosted their 2nd annual event in honor of their baby boy who died after struggling to live for about 8-9 months. We were unable to make it last year due to my first 1/2 marathon being scheduled for the same weekend, but those of us who did the 1/2 wore the t-shirts from the event in his honor during our 1/2. This year, Scott and I didn't really decide until last night that we were for sure going and then when we looked over the list of races (10K, 5K, 1 mile fun run), we decided that maybe the whole family would just do the 1 mile race, since Luke has been wanting to run in a race for awhile now. He was excited and nervous when we told him that he was going to get to do a race! :)
After our hour-ish drive, we finally found the right location and got out of the van...in the pouring rain...
We got registered, grabbed our bibs/chips, and got ready. The race was delayed for quite a bit due to lightning and then finally we got the go ahead.
Luke took off and I stayed with him (Scott fell behind to stay with one of my cousins to help her along the way) and Luke RAN THE WHOLE MILE! :)
At one point, the rain started to come down even harder and he came to a stop. I asked him if he was okay and told him that we had to keep going. He looked at me and said, "Mom, this is fun! I like running in the rain!"
We finished somewhere between 12 and 13 minutes (I think?), which I thought was great considering that's what my time tends to average out to per mile on my really long runs.
He loved it! As soon as we crossed the finish line, Luke said, "Let's do that again Mom! When's the next race?"
I'm so excited that he was so excited about it and Scott and I have discussed some other possibilities for him, but I think it would be okay if the rain kept its distance the next time! ;)