So I scheduled two runs in one weekend. Hubby and I were set to do Running With The Cows Saturday and Baby Girl and I were set to do the Mother’s Day 5K Sunday. I decided to do two different posts to make it fair to any readers I may have and to the races.
Two packet pick-ups back to back was interesting. I wrote all about the other in my previous post. This one was after a trip to the library. The kids LOVE the library.
We went in to get our packet and I was very surprised. I’ve never seen a line so long for a packet pick-up. I mean Disney, Rock The Parkway, Garmin, Running With The Cows, none of them were like this. My kids were pretty good while we waited. Of course they made out big time after we got our race bibs and shirts. There were tiaras, sunglasses, suckers, etc.
We walked out and I looked at the shirts once we got in the car. Baby Girl’s shirt looked waaaay too big. Then I realized they gave her a ladies XS instead of a Youth S. I think the lady getting the shirts thought that the other lady that was writing the size on the bib put an X instead of a Y on in front of the S. I went back inside but I went straight to the lady handing out the goodies. I wasn’t going to stand in that line again. She was nice and exchanged it just fine. The new shirt looked much better.
This was Friday afternoon. I’m going to skip to Saturday night since I already wrote about the other race. My in-laws did not need to stay for the Mother’s Day 5K. It was just going to be me and Baby Girl running. Hubby and Little Man would come to cheer us on later in the morning. I fed the kids and put them to bed while Hubby went out for our food that night. He went to three different places to get all kinds of goodies. I think that was another way for him to make up for the argument we had the night before and that morning when we did the Running With The Cows Half Marathon.
I told everybody that I would go whatever pace Baby Girl wanted to go since I had a good workout with my half marathon the day before our 5K. So I was mentally prepared to walk the whole thing if we needed.
Baby Girl was not hard to wake up at all. I think she was excited. We had our clothes already laid out. So we dressed and went downstairs for a quick breakfast. Neither on of us ate a whole lot. The race was close so we didn’t have to leave too terribly early. It was still pretty early for her.
We got there and I started taking pictures. I wanted to document her first race. We took some selfies and I took some pictures of the porta potties that were decorated. We saw the kids’ vacation Bible school teacher, but I forgot to get a picture. The kids’ Pre-K teacher said she would be there. Baby Girl really wanted to find her. We got lined up at the start and sure enough we saw her teacher. Baby Girl was so happy we found her teacher. We got a picture with her and chit chatted for a bit.
Baby Girl, just like any little kid, was a little impatient before the start. Then when everybody else ran, she wanted to as well! I was a little shocked. She ended up running the whole first mile! She walk/ran the next half mile. We held hands almost the entire time. After the water stop, we walked the rest of it. She loved the signs and the people cheering us. I asked if she wanted to help with a race sometime. She said sure. So we will see.
We were getting close to the finish and I was worried our boys would miss us because we were a little ahead of schedule. Then we saw them sitting on the curb. They waved at us. Baby Girl was beaming. She loved seeing her Daddy. What a difference this race was to the last one! We ran the last few feet. I gave her a big high-five at the end. I am so proud of her. We got our race charms and met up with our boys.
We got chocolate milk, bagels and cookies. We were in the balloon line for some time. They had three really nice guys making balloon figures. Baby Girl got a unicorn on a stick and Little Man got a paint gun. When we turned around most of the people were gone. Even though there were three guys making balloons, it still took a long time. The kids played in the family fun area for a bit after that. Baby Girl got a boo boo doing the limbo. It wasn’t her fault really. She was doing great. She just happened to trip over the big bag of bird seed they had holding down the plastic posts for the limbo. For some reason they had it sticking out under the limbo stick instead of outwards where nobody would be walking.
Little Man wants to do the Father’s Day run, but it is four miles and in the heat of Summer. I don’t think there is any shade where they will be running either. We are not sure about that one yet.
Baby Girl and I did the race in 51:02. I hope we do this one again. I loved doing it with my daughter! My heart just swelled. I wish my boy could run it too, but they prefer all girls in this race. This is one I’ll never forget.
Oh and I had another mutant joke on my Facebook page. See the weather this weekend was supposed to be slight chance of rain on Saturday and definite rain on Sunday. When I last made a joke about mutant powers and the weather with my friends, Nora responded it was her. She has an awesome sense of humor. So when I asked for help with the weather again, she said she would see what she could do. Another friend of mine was shocked to find chicken paws in a store. She took a picture and made a funny post about it. She didn’t buy it, but thought it was funny. She joked around that I should buy them and make a magic weather controlling potion. So when the weather turned out a little rainy to keep us cool for the half marathon and nice and sunny for Baby Girl’s race, I had to joke around about Nora being a mutant. I mean I didn’t have time to make that magic chicken paw potion so it had to be her, right?