Sunday, February 28, 2010

The family that runs together…

Yesterday we did a family run.  It was cool that we could do something like this together.  Sam and I ran a 5K while pushing the kids in a double stroller, and then Nathaniel did the 1K fun run.

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You might notice the blue sky and puffy clouds.  Doesn’t it look like a perfect morning for a run?

Please also note the wet pavement.  It poured all night long and was still raining (pouring at points) as we drove to the race.  We could have easily decided not to do the run, but I think our thoughts were, “Well, we paid for the run, we might as well do it.”  The rain stopped the minute we pulled into our parking spot and then started up again when we left the race.  It was amazing!

But, because of all of the rain we had to run through some pretty amazing puddles.  There was one puddle that was easily three inches deep.  Needless to say, our shoes were soaked (and are still soaking wet).

Nathaniel was pretty excited to run a race of his own.  At least, he was until we got up to the starting line.  Then he started crying and saying he wanted to go home.  I told him that if he ran the race and didn’t like it we could go home and he would never have to do it again.

The horn blew and the runners were off.

And here is what Nathaniel looked like:

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Luckily, he wasn’t the only kid crying (and we didn’t finish last).

Overall, it was a good day.  We got to get some family exercise and Nathaniel got to go home and eat popcorn and watch a movie.  Aaron had a blast, although we realized that he just isn’t in the stroller as much as Nathaniel was at this age.  He started getting fussy about 25 minutes into the run.  When Nathaniel was this age we were training for the half marathon so he was used to sitting in the running stroller for more than an hour at a time.

We’re looking forward to doing this again!

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