Race morning, I woke my little guy up and the first thing he said was that his stomach hurt. I think it was nerves. So I told him we would eat some breakfast and then see how he felt. After breakfast he said he was feeling better, and still wanted to run. He was very low key most of the morning, did not say much until we started the race. He seemed a little daunted by the crowds, but we stuck together so he was OK. I told him when we passed a half a mile, he said “already, that was fast”. He seemed to loosen and be a little more confident after that. The race was very crowded, as I mentioned, and we were toward the back of the pack so we started passing people. I challenged him to pass someone and he was very proud when he did it. Then he started picking people to pass, and we would high five each other after we met our goal, it was great. We passed the one mile marker and there was no water stop. I thought there were going to be water stops at every mile so our plan to rest and walk through the water stops was a little messed up, but we took a walk breaks at the mile markers anyway. There was a hill around this point and he was so funny. He said “oh, no. There’s a hill and I did not train for hills”. But once we ran it he said “it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be”. I loved how throughout the race he was conquering these challenges that he thought were so daunting. We finally had a water stop at mile 2. He drank some water and I poured some on his head, and he was good to go. Only a little over a mile to left. Once he knew he only had a mile left he seemed confident he could finish even if he was a little tired. Many runners around us encouraged him and told him how great he was doing, he really liked this. I love runners! This gave him the motivation to finish strong, his chip time was 35:25.
After he finished, he ate a donut drank some powerade, did a finishers dance with me. He may not have verbalized it as my daughter did but I could tell he was very proud of his accomplishment. His pace may not have been shockingly fast but he kept it steady throughout and did not give up. I am a proud Turtle Mama!!
About the race. For those of you not from Austin or Texas, Chuy’s is a tex-mex restaurant with wacky decor. The proceeds from today’s race went to the Special Olympics. They were expecting around 2500 people, I am not sure how many were there but it was a lot. Nice flat course most of the way, only one hill really. My only complaint was that there was only one water stop on such a warm day.