Temperature: 62 degrees
Official Time: 23:55 (7:42 pace)
A Worthwhile Cause: This race was established to support Harlie, a classmate of Doodle. She just turned six years old and has had 30 surgeries, four of which were open heart. You can read all about her, her family and her medical conditions HERE. Honestly, I am amazed my the strength and resiliency of this little girl and her family. I can't even fathom the toll that it must take on all of them and I am so happy to have been able to support them, even if it was only a little.
Racing Without Racing: I haven't really been training to run fast, so I decided to just go out and run comfortably. No looking at my watch. No obsessing over my pace. All I wanted to do was to feel like I was working, but not killing myself.
|I swear I am faster than I look ...|
Watching the Girls Run: There was a half mile fun run for the kids at this race. So, obviously, I signed all my kids up.
|Post race with the girls in their Tough Chik tees|
Watching/Running with the girls was probably my favorite part of the day.
|Me and Dilly ...|
Wipeout: The fun run was Dilly's racing debut. She was so excited. Right before she started, I took this picture.
Soon after, they were off running. Approximately 50 meters into the race, Dilly faceplanted. She cut up her forehead, cheek, nose and lip. She was bleeding and crying and I felt so bad.
|click to enlarge and see the road rash ...|
However, being the rock star that she is. She calmed down and finished the race (with me by her side).