Bob headed West this weekend for a race in Cheney, KS. His lovely wife grew up in Garden Plain, so the family made plans for an eventful trip: these plans included a dozen juice boxes, baggies of grapes, a package of chocolate cookies, a package of vanilla sugar wafers and two cans of energy drinks apiece for the parents.
We’re always happy at the beginning of the morning!
As usual, while Bob warmed up, the girls ran around to work off a little energy. Josie, as usual, was stuck in the stroller.
The race was part of the Sedgwick County Fair, and we thought perhaps we’d let the kids pick up a little culture (funnel cakes!) after the race. No funnel cakes, but the girls participated in a Pedal Tractor Pull. Caroline did really well; Lauren put forth a lot of effort; Lizzie just sobbed during her turn.
We arrived early, got a fantastic parking place, and registered: Bob decided to do both the 5k and the 1-mile. Caroline wanted to do the 1-mile, but she wasn’t sure she could do it by herself. Bob was torn: should he try to perform well, or should he hang back and run with Caroline? He did both! He ran the race, then he backtracked, found his little girl and ran the rest of the race with her. And lest I forget: Lauren, who is mainly a walker-jogger (her words!), ran with Caroline for the first block, just to give her sister a jolt of confidence! Oh, the things that make a mother’s heart swell…
Bob performed incredibly well: 1st place in his age group for BOTH races; 5th place overall in the 5k, with a time of 17:59; 4th place overall in the 1-mile, with a time of 5:20. It was the first time he had raced a 1-mile since high school!
The finish of the 5k
The start of the 1 mile
On the way home, we drove through Garden Plain and snapped pics of the lovely wife’s childhood homes. What a flood of memories!