B always runs the half marathon, and this year I had trained for it, too. (I ran my first half marathon in the spring.) However, 10 days of head cold/stomach flu combo leading up to the half marathon made me chicken out. I switched my entry over to the 5K, along with J and our friend Banks. E,S, and E's friend K entered the Kids' Marathon (1 mile). We start helping the kids train once school starts. This was J's first 5K, but he'd been doing really well in training. He was excited.
Having the stomach flu before the race didn't stop B! (I tell you, the man is pioneer stock. Total Spartan. I honestly think I married the Bionic Man.) He was determined to follow through and run the half Marathon. He didn't get his best time, but he still got a better time than I would have! Here he his after he finished.
Before you make fun of our crazy outfits, let me tell you, IT WAS FRIGID!!! As I mentioned, we've come to this race before, but we've never experience such cold temperatures. We were dressed in multiple layers, and I didn't even shed a layer when I was running. Oh, I guess I took off my scarf. But that was it. It was really that cold. Here is a picture of the girls, trying to stay warm.
Brrrr! It is making me cold just remembering! But I get warm as my heart swells with motherly pride.....because J took first place in his division of the 5K. Way to go J! Here he is, proudly displaying his "trophy".