Could it be....
This week is Drake Relays! Woo hoo!
I can't wait to take in all the events I can fit into my schedule. There is nothing more inspiring to my running than watching these awesome athletes compete. And I know I will be caught up in the spirit so I will plan to hobble along in the 8K and enjoy the company of local runners.
But new for this year is the Grand Blue Mile. A 1 mile run on Tuesday evening. There are of course the elite fields, but there is a wave for ordinary runners like me. I mentioned this event to Tucker, my 10 year old son a few weeks back and he gave it some thought and decided he wanted to try it.
This surprised me because he likes to do 5K's, but prefers to walk. And after the last two years events of 2 surgeries and 13 casts to reconstruct his feet he still isn't the prettiest runner out there. But nonetheless, we have hit the trail working on getting his mile below the magic 15 minute cutoff. Some moms dream of their kids to go on to break out a 5 minute mile at his age. Not me, I just want us to finish before they shoo us off the course at the 15 minute cutoff. He tells me that he just wants to see if he can do it.
So tonight he comes to me and says, "I don't know if I want to do it after all." When I asked him what he was thinking he says, "Well I want to do it but I don't want to do it all at the same time." So I asked him what he was looking forward to - his answer, "Finishing". So I asked him what he was NOT looking forward to - his answer, "How hard it is."
Much to his displeasure, I started laughing.
"Why are you laughing?" he asks.
"Because now I know you are a runner! You are thinking like one!"
What he didn't realize is most runners at one time or another have had the same thought, on a continuous loop, which doesn't stop until we finish. Only a runner would keep moving forward to try it when all of the rational side of their brain is telling them not to start.
So what did we do about his thoughts? We hit the trail to try the mile again and see how it felt. Time wise - it wasn't so hot. Sag wagon city for us if it had been the real thing. But I wasn't disappointed, we had a ball doing it. And its hard to run fast when you are laughing hard.