Today, however, was the Community First Fox Cities 5k. This year they changed the location and it is now within a few blocks from our house. So much better than the previous location! The runners actually run the same finish line that we will run tomorrow (hopefully!) for the full and half marathon. When I heard this, I talked my mom into signing up. She was hesitant as she has never done a 5k before but I said that if she was tired, she could walk. Mind you, she has NO training at all for this. THEN I talked my sister into doing it too so that my mom wouldn't be alone. Staci also has no training and never runs so she planned to walk a large portion of it. No problem! You're still out there doing it. When Katelyn got wind of this she asked me if she could do the 5k. Being that she is 8, I instantly thought it my head "No way!" but then thought about it before I said anything. I asked her if she was sure about it and talked to her about it and she was ready. So I excitedly signed her up for her very first 5k. What made it hard for me is that she would be running it solo. She had no plans to run it with my mom and sister. She wanted to beat them.
After prepping her and giving her all the valuable information I could, we headed off to the park this morning to get ready for the 5k. Katelyn was excited and so was I.
The temps were pretty perfect. About 50 degrees at the start with the sun out. I told her that short sleeves would be perfect and I'm not sure she really believed me that by mile one she would be war, which she was. I watched her take off and stood there watching the clock. I realized this is the first time I've ever gone to a race to watch someone I know race without racing myself. It is such a different feeling!
I kept thinking about where on the course she might be. She's so young and here she was out there running or maybe she was walking? I had the fear that she would trip and get hurt and then she would be there alone. As the minutes ticked by I just sat there ready with my camera. Soon the lead runners were coming down the finish line. More and more were coming in slowly. At one point, I noticed my running friends across from me at the finish line. It was great seeing them and then I saw Lish trying to tell me something. Finally I figured it out and she said that she just saw Katelyn on the other side of the last lap right behind Kim and she's on her way in! I couldn't even believe it. The tears started to well up in my eyes as I sat there ready with my camera. First we saw Kim so I knew Katelyn was soon to follow.
|Rachel, Kim Mom, Kim Husband, Lish|
|Kim pushin' it like a boss.|
A minute or so went by and then there she was. Coming down the finish line so strong!! I instantly started cheering and could not believe my baby just ran her first 5k!
After the race, I went to get her and I asked her how it went. She said it was HARD. I asked if she would do another one again and she said she didn't know. That tells me that there will be another in the future.
Things got even better after that. We went back and some how I missed seeing my mom finish so I have no pictures. Then my sister came through strong and happy. After talking about the race a while we went to check the results. I found Katelyn's right away and I was soooo excited to tell her that she got 3rd place for the 0-9 age group! Never did I expect to have to stick around for the award ceremony. I also have to mention that her finish time was WAY better than my first 5k time. She finished in 27:53.
From what I can tell, the race went well. I love the new location. I loved the weather. I think every single year they do a wonderful job with this race series.
Today was a completely new experience for me and I loved it so much. I look forward to spectating many more races in the future!