Saturday was HOT. But I didn’t mind because my mom took me to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt. It’s her favorite place and says she wants to be the mayor (whatever that means). I don’t care, I love it and get to put gummy worms on my ice cream!
She made us eat outside, though, and my cup of strawberry frozen yogurt quickly became soup. There’s only one way to solve that problem.
I think my mom was trying to butter me up because she felt bad that she couldn’t run the 5k that my dad and I were running that night. I love that she’s our cheerleader, but I miss running with her. I hope she gets better soon.
But luckily my dad is training for the Columbus half marathon and willing to run! We dressed in matchy matchy outfits so my mom would be able to spot us in the crowd easily.
My dad checked mom’s blog to see what our PR was from the last 5k we ran and it was 31:35. Mom then told us that we needed to run 10 minute miles or less in order to beat that time (dad looked a little worried).
I’m a bit of a weather nut so I kept looking at the weather channel on the computer before the race. I could hear the thunder in the distance and couldn’t stop asking my mom and dad questions as we walked down to the start. I mean, would we run in the rain? Would we run if it was lightning? Would the timer still work if it got wet? Mom and dad didn’t look amused with all my questions, but that didn’t stop me from asking more.
We went to registration right away and my dad tried putting my bib on, but it was all crooked so Mom stepped in and fixed it.
Mom can fix anything.
Then 5 minutes before the race started it literally POURED (I told them it was going to!). Mom and her friend were in dresses and hiding under a big tree while my dad and I had to stand out in the rain waiting for the race to start. I thought it was pretty awesome!
The first mile was epic because it was all downhill. I think it was the fastest mile I’ve ever run. The second mile was OK, but the third mile was horrible. I got a cramp and my dad just kept saying “Try to stop thinking about it. Think about all the Pokemon characters you want to get”. Ugh, my dad was so annoying during this part – now I know how they feel when I won’t stop talking.
My mom was shocked when she saw us come around the corner when we did. I heard her yell and saw her jumping up and down.
She was out in front of the crowd screaming and taking pictures (she can be so obnoxious sometimes).
Miraculously my cramp disappeared during this last sprint and we finished in 28:24! WOW!! A PR for both me and my dad! I think my mom even cried a little bit when she saw us cross the finish line. Not sure why she was crying, but she cries a lot at weird times.
This was my favorite race so far because I got to eat 2 pieces of watermelon and 2 bag of potato chips after the race AND hang out with some of my friends (since the race was in Lakewood, my friends were there, too!). Pretty cool.
I can’t wait for all three of us to run this race next year.