Running just as fast as we can ...

Cletus ran in a 10K this past Saturday in Carrboro. It was so much fun! He did a great job and came in right over 44 minutes. As a cheer-leader and care-taker of the little cheer-leaders, a 10K is much more fun and manageable than a marathon. At a marathon, we would cheer and applaud at the beginning of the race (usually in a city not very close to home) and then try and find something to do for 4 hours. But a 10K is perfect. We cheer and watch him run off, then play and visit with friends and then, viola! The time is up and we get to cheer again. The winner of the race ran it in 30 min 34 sec. For those of you not great at math, that's just over a 5 minute mile! I was pretty amazed. We spent the night Friday with our friends in Chapel Hill, the Polleis, and Heather ran in the race also. She is an exercise machine! Two of Cletus' sisters, Crystal and Candice, also joined in. Candice had never actually run 6 miles straight and decided at the last minute to run. She did really well. I think it inspired me to run. I have never run on purpose. I don't even like the thought of running for exercise. I'm an elliptical machine fan. But, being at the 10K inspired me and I think I'm going to start training for a 5K. It may sound easy to some of you, but I probably can't run 10 minutes straight without passing out.


After the real race, they had races for the kids by age group. Kate's age group (3 and under) was pretty cute to watch. Kate didn't get what was going on at all at first and just stared at everyone trying to figure it out. But once the lightbulb went on, she was off! She ran with all her might and loved it. In fact, since then, she'll stand against the wall, say "go!" and run as fast as she can to the other wall. That is her new favorite game. I'm hoping that our kids get Cletus' athletic talent and not mine (or lack thereof).
Hayden's age group (7-8) was much more competitive. He also ran with all his might and came in second. He is a fast runner. He might have come in first if he was actually in his real age group. He doesn't turn 7 until later this month. He likes to run with the big kids. We have a picture of Hayden crossing the finish line with Cletus at the end of the Richmond, VA marathon. It is priceless.

5 comments:

Mary said...

Kate is always adorable. I miss seeing her more often. And I miss seeing you more often, also. I hope that my children inherit Christian's desire to exercise, and not my desire to never exercise ever.

Crystal and Brad Barger said...

Alice, you totally should do a 5K. That would be awesome! You might get hooked...it was fun that you guys were there at the race and watching the kids run too. I'll keep you posted on the next race I find. I will run a 5K with you when you are ready.

Heather said...

Great pics! You could totally run a 5k! I ran x-country in highschool and the first time I did it I threw up :) So watch out for that - hehehe. Choose a pretty park with trails and bring an ipod and you'll be doing it before you know it :)

Angie (Drowns) Kelly said...

You are too a runner! Don't you remember how scary the track was at State when we ran at night? Haha..well the 2 times we ran? I think you can for sure do a 5K. I just started running again, which I never thought I'd be able to do with my leg and all, but I love it...

Congrats to cletus for running. And kate is super super cute! Her hair is getting long! BTW, my friend put the video on her blog..

Layne & Kelly Nelson said...

Wow I'm super impressed Cletus! Way to go! Wish I could run.

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