Running, for the time being, has come to an end.
Kids had their last race a little over a week ago.
This what what they call a "fun run." Not sure what kind of lunatic calls any run "fun" but you know runners are crazy like that. Fun run means basically anyone can run it, you don't have to have a physical form filled out, and it really doesn't count for anything.
This also coincided with the marathon that THE REALLY CRAZY runners were running that day, so there were loads of kids and people everywhere.
Parents could run along side their kids, so Paul told Hope they would run it together.
I kept asking Paul, "are you sure you want to do this?" He was like, IT'S A 2K GRETCHEN I THINK I CAN MANAGE.
I got my timer
And my place.
First kid had already run in, but I saw Pierce shortly after.
He was in a battle.
He was either going to end the race in second or third.
He didn't have quite enough to pass, and ended his last race in third place. THIRD! I was really impressed.
So Hope and running club. It's been a battle.
She was the one who decided she wanted to try running club, but it wasn't long after joining that she regretted that decision. There were tears at many races, and even some begging to not have to do it. We always said the same thing, Hope you never have to run again, but you must finish out the commitment.
She joyfully ran this race, because she knew it was the end.
I screamed her through that finish line.
And I'd imagine Paul was feeling relief too, even it was "only a 2k."
Once it was over, with a pizza slice in hand, she told me she actually enjoyed it, SO WHO KNOWS. It's a definite love/hate thing for her. Later she even said she may continue with running, so I guess the high at the end makes up for all the misery.
Pierce on the other hand loves all things running. When he crosses that finish line and literally is almost in tears and looks like he might hurl, I'm always sure he will tell me he wants to quit the whole running gig. Never. He loves it. I would imagine we will be watching him run for years to come.
Until next season....