Monday, August 29, 2011
Anyway, an opportunity arose to test how far I've come since I started running again. Where I work was the headline sponsor for The 4th Annual Man Run against prostate cancer. Being such, the race organizers gave work so many spots in the race for the employees. So I decided to run. In addition, I signed up the kiddo to run since they had enough spots to accommodate her as well. I figured if she was going to run cross country this year, this would be a good chance to introduce her to the 5k distance.
It was a beautiful day to walk and run with the kiddo. So we walked up all the hills that remained and jogged down the other side of them. Kiddo had a number of issues during the race that we had to overcome. Fortunately, she's not one to give up. We were coming up on the 3rd mile and drawing closer to the finish line. The volunteers along the route couldn't have been better. The let us know how good of a job we were doing and how close the finish line was. We continued to alternate between walking and running for the last mile as kiddo's limits would allow.
I'm okay with that revelation. Had it been a week or so prior I might have been disappointed in that. However, Robin in her infinite wisdom, reminded me that our daughter is not me, and I shouldn't try to live vicariously through her. She is her own person and she prefers to run shorter distance sprints on the track. Robin was right as usual, and it reminded me to support her no matter what. If I don't, I would only end up pushing her away.
By the way, after the race we got our results as totalracesolutions.com was used to time the race. It was rather surprising to see that kiddo's effort was enough to garner her a 3rd place finish out of 5 runners in her age group. Go Ashby! None of us thought anything about the possibilities of placing and left shortly after the awards ceremony started.
I've set my sights on another race in October (The Coalfield 5k) which happens to be part of the Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix.. Ashby said she would proudly stand on the sidelines with Robin and cheer me on. I've got a great family, and I am truly blessed.
Tim and Robin
P.S. By the way, I thought I'd mention that the Mindbenders I got from Vasque shoes earlier in the year did a wonderful job keeping me light on my feet. I totally love those shoes.