This was such a sweet community event - their local Rotary club is the sponsor, and they did a fantastic job not only with the race, but also the pre-and-post race events as well (pancake breakfast, yum). They had a kid's 1K, a flat 5K, and a hilly 10K - something for everyone!
We all planned on doing the 5K together - Barbara has had some knee issues so I knew she wouldn't be able to run much, and this was going to be Theresa's first "running" 5K (she's done several walking races already), so we figured we'd do a little running, a lot of walking, and just have a good time. Look, we even said so in the video (we are at the 2 minute mark):
(I know, the man looks scary. But he was really nice!)
Registering that morning...and also? The man behind them is the owner of Fleet Feet Aptos, who we spent some time with a few days later - talk about a small world!
Participating in the pre-race warm up - love the dubious look on Theresa's face!
Yeah, some people got into it more than others (haha, notice I was being the photographer and not participating)
Red, White and Blue - of COURSE we did an appropriate color theme!
In the starting area - lots of runners, dogs, strollers, but not a lot of people dressed up for the 4th of July - what gives?
Luckily this lady restored my faith in the fun run dress code!
Finish line - and I'm going to employ the "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" mantra regarding my legs, blech.
Nice action shot of Barbara at the finish!
They are so cute!
I'm always a fan of a frozen treat after a race!
Forget to take a picture of us with our pancakes, but you can sort of see us in this official shot - I've never been able to really eat after a race, so maybe this is the key - cut it short? Ha!
About a week later, the three of us went out for a walk/run along the path above the beach, where Theresa and I practiced running - we would pick a point to start and to stop ("ok, we'll start at the light pole and run to the end of that fence"), ran at a comfortably slow pace, walked in-between the running, and we did our own 5K, although Theresa didn't know we were going to do that when we started! It was important to me that she felt good about her ability to run, and I know she was very proud of herself afterward. I know she'll have to face running the track during P.E. at school, and I'm hoping that she has some tools to hold her own against all the sprinters out there. And if she can find some enjoyment in running, then all the better!