Kaitlyn sure did talk a big game the other day in saying how she was most certainly going to beat me in the one mile Turkey Gobbler today. She woke up this morning very excited about the race…she absolutely could not wait to leave the house.
We left for the race around 6:30 because parking can be tough and we did not want to walk too far to get to the start line. Of course it meant we had to sit around for quite some time, but it was well worth it. It was about 48-50 this morning, and the wind was blowing pretty good, and I had my running buddy and our #1 fan with us. We met up with the Spragues, the regular crew and then some, and we were ready to race. Up to the starting gun, Kaitlyn was convinced she was going to beat me to the finish line.
And then we started. And Kaitlyn promptly fell. She hopped right up and kept going. For about a quarter-mile. And then she fell again. She was pretty upset by the second fall, which resulted in a nice scrape on her knee (tended to by Dr. Mom when we got home). From that point on, beating me to the finish was no longer her top priority. She was more focused on staying upright. On several occasions, I offered to stop holding her hand so she could pull away, but she continued to refuse. She now wanted us to tie. We ran across the finish line holding hands, and while the official results have not been posted, we tied. I am so proud of how she did not let a few falls make her quit. I am proud to have crossed the finish line holding her hand.
My day was not done yet, and the 10k was about 20 minutes from starting. I am happy with how I did overall, especially since it sure seemed to be a mostly uphill course with the wind always in my face. I am sure that there are communities that put on bigger events, or have courses that are flat, but I will gladly debate with anyone that Tallahassee is among the absolute best running communities around. Today’s event was wonderful, continuing a trend of awesome races. Races here are well-run and participation is usually pretty strong. I am hopeful that Kaitlyn has caught the running bug and will continue to run with me, and that we will eventually run a 5k together, and then a 10k.