I knew that the babies were not going to win this race, and even more so, I knew they were probably going to come in last. I figured two things would happen to make this the case:
1) They would be the youngest kids
2) They would "hit a wall" and sit down
But none of these turned out to be the case. There were actually lots of little tots in their age group, all accompanied by a parent's hand. In fact, I think if my kids ran the way we trained, they could have beat someone! But really, in your first race of any new distance, it's a learning experience. One of the joys of being a new racer, or racing a new distance, is that it is an automatic PR.
But here is a philosophical question: Is it a PR if you manage to get yourself from Point A to Point B, receive a finisher's medal, yet did not take a single step?
Some of this was just bad timing: the race fell promptly at lunch time and encroached on naptime. I knew this was risky.
Some of it was just bad luck: no one was in a good mood. Hayden left the house with no shoes and socks, and Brenna was not exhibiting signs of excitement:
But these things are not unusual.
However, then we got to the packet pickup and both kids hated having something pinned to their shirts:
But then, like most races, the start was delayed. And during this time, moods did not improve:
We went to the start line anyway. What is another 5 minutes?
Can you spot us?
Just in case you are reading this on a small phone screen, I will make it easy for you:
And yes, Brenna is on the ground. Both kids refused not only to run, but walk.
At least someone got a workout!!
For a free event, I thought this race was executed great. All kids got a goody bag and a finisher's medal. They even had a clock at the finish:
There were a lot of kids, and coupled with being hungry and tired, my kids just did not cope with the environment. But, one nice thing about a bad race is that you are guaranteed a better race next year!
And, go figure, once the race was over THEN Brenna decided she wanted to run.
I think we will leave races for the stroller for a tad longer.
Props to the babies though for being good sports. A hectic start and pre-race jitters are hard for adults to handle - nevermind toddlers!!