|Pre-Race with my boys!|
Once again, PR did not disappoint, and the race was so well organized. Packet pick up on Saturday was easy. There was plenty of parking at the race site. The t-shirts were super cute although not great for the guys in the crowd (but it's a Mother's Day race so who really cares). We also got commemorative pins. I was rocking my new Run Like a Mother tank from Run Like a Mother: The Book. Two thumbs up for the tank because it was very comfortable and super cute (got lots of compliments).
We arrived around 7:15 for the 8 am start. They were playing a lot of great music, and the boys were really excited. The race starts right in Brown's Chapel Park and then loops around parts of the neighborhood adjacent to the Reston Town Center before heading back into the park. Before the race, I had joked with Zman that we were going to win the mother-son contents. Little did I know that he took this seriously. So we started off with all four of us running together with Nickel keeping pace well with his older brother. Around 0.75 miles we hit a hill and Nickel couldn't hang on anymore and dropped back with JD (per our pre-race plan for me to go ahead with Zman). Zman hung on and stayed around 10:13 minutes for the first mile. As we crossed into mile 2, he says the we need to run faster if we are going to win the mother-son contest. I told him that I was just joking about that, but he looked at me and said that he really wanted to win it for me. I could have cried right there. So I told him to go ahead and run at a pace that felt comfortable for him. The second mile was rather hilly, but he dropped a 9:29 during that section. As we cross the 2 mile mark, he turns to me and says that he's glad that we finally got rid of some girl that had been running near us. He said she was annoying him by "constantly chasing him" so he wanted to speed up to get away from her. All I could do was laugh. He had some water at mile 2, and slowed down a little on mile 3 back to ~10:15 pace. I made a big deal of it when we got to the 5K mark since we crossed the longest distance that he had ever run. The whole time I am running I'm worried about little Nickel and afraid that he would be really struggling because of the hills.
|Me and the 6 year old phenom!|
|Heading to the finish!|
|Still smiling after 4 miles|
|America's Toughest Dad getting beat by his 6 year old!|
|Sprinting to the finish with Daddy.|
|Post-race with my flower|
We have also decided that this is our new Mother's Day tradition. Next up for me is North Face Endurance Challenge DC Half Marathon followed the next week by EX2 Off Road Half Marathon within 7 days as I make a run at Half Fanatic! Next race with the boys is Run Amuck.
|Losers we are not!|